"I'm literally a communist, you idiot!" These were words that the inexplicably omnipresent commentator Ash Sarkar uttered in a television discussion with Piers Morgan, a man who is said to have civilized conversations about what David Irving is historical evidence of. Given that the intellectual temperature of today's public commentators can be measured in single-digit Kelvin, I think it is unlikely that even self-proclaimed "literal communists" are aware of the depth of brainwashing and bloodshed that took place to form the still image nominally communist giant that is China today.
If a Damascene conversion to such intellectual rigor were imminent, the sofa preachers could do worse during the day than record Richard Davenport-Hines & # 39; excellent ed...
Susan P. Matterns The slow moon is climbing begins with the example of 12th century Hoelun, the mother of Chinggis Khan, whose story in the The secret history of the Mongols. In exile and widowhood, Hoelun and her seven children survived by sneaking, planning revenge, and gathering support for the subsequent conquest of much of Asia by the Mongols. If the results of her influence were brutal, it was still important that her most important contributions come after the birth of her children. As Mattern notes, Hoelun's life and the offspring that followed made her one of the “most biologically successful women” in history.
The slow moon is climbing is much more than a story about how menopause was understood as "hormonal chaos". It is a sustainable argument about the nature
In the past decade, interest in the personal behind the political in relation to America's legislative landscape has increased in the 19th century. This study with two of the country's most active politicians is a very good example of the value of this approach. Much more than a traditional biography, Breast friends spotlights the long and sometimes very close friendship of William Rufus King from Alabama and James Buchanan from Pennsylvania, a friendship that crossed the increasingly inconsistent sections of Antebellum America and lasted until King's death at the relatively young age of 67. Just six weeks before his death in the spring of 1853, King had become Vice President of the United States, the sole holder of this office from Alabama. Buchanan, who became president (...
After the mammoth attempt of his master's biography of Winston Churchill, Andrew Roberts relaxes with this short collection of essays - possibly modeled on Churchill's own series "Great Contemporaries". The volume, which was created as a series of lectures, gives the impression of a light snack that is torn away before Roberts begins the main meal of his next big book.
His choice of topics is varied, if not eccentric. He avoids ancient titans like Alexander and Caesar and begins with Napoleon - about whom he has already written an admirable biography - and closes with Margaret Thatcher. Given that Thatcher's only experience in warfare was to send a task force to the Falkland Islands, frankly, their inclusion here is absurd.
Another strange choice is the American ...
When Sergei Volkonsky was exiled to Siberia in December 1825, his wife Maria volunteered to him. Her devotion was only surpassed by her strong will when she insisted on taking her clavichord, the unwieldy instrument that sled over 4,000 miles. The instrument was first placed in her husband's prison cell and later played in Maria's music salon in Irkutsk. Somewhat unbelievable that exiles educated there in deepest Siberia created a pulsating bourgeois life (Maria made the construction of a concert hall and the musical education in schools her personal projects) and transformed Irkutsk into the "Paris of Siberia". Like so many instruments, her clavichord would be lost in the tumult of later Russian history.
Maria's story turns the idea of Siberia upside down as a
Most of the intended readers of Michael Hunter's provocative and enjoyable new study will immediately recognize the allusion in its title. In 1971 - and it is hoped that someone is already thinking about ways to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of its publication - Sir Keith Thomas produced one of the most influential early modern books on 20th century cultural history. Religion and the decline of magic was a comprehensive survey and often brilliant analysis of forms and patterns of mentality that had previously received little attention from "serious" academic historians: witchcraft, belief in ghosts and fairies, demonic possessions, astrology, magical healing, omens and prophecies. Thomas's accomplishment was to convincingly explain the social functions and i...
Allan Gallay's extensively researched, but above all profound biography of Walter Ralegh makes it unlikely that another, if any, will be published soon. The scope is ambitious, and if he attributes Ralegh to the spirit of British imperialism in America, he doesn't do much. It helps that his subject was the epitome of the Renaissance man, both a courtier of refined sensibility and an adventurer of bold and limitless ambition.
The book is also bold in the context of the collapsing intellectual integrity of the humanities in the American Academy, which is slavishly reflected in Britain. When evaluating Ralegh, Gallay writes too many biographers:
have taken holduring sticks of sand, so caught up in their own cultural concerns that they couldn't tell if he was a hero or a servan...
Today we mainly think of Persian as the national language of Iran. But this region is just the core of what was once a huge strip of the Eurasian landmass, in which Persian was the language of communication for almost 1,000 years. From the Bosphorus to the Brahmaputra and from the Oxus to the Indian Ocean, what historians call the Persian world today was a vast, coherent setting linked by the Persian language, its literature, and the ideas and cultural values it contains.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Persian was most successful in India between around 1000 and 1860 as the language of office, trade, and high culture: from the poetic genius of Amir Khusrau (died 1325) to the encyclopedic intellect of Abu l Fazl (d .1602) to Mir’at ul-AkhbariRaja Ram Mohun Roy's pioneering newspaper f
Gillian Darley spans multiple disciplines. She is a historian, anthropologist, topographer, geographer - but definitely not a psychogeographer: she is polite to the expressionism of the Edgelands, perhaps too hasty when you consider how sympathetic she is to the cults and their often twisted nostrils.
What those who are not familiar with the many versions of Essex Darley, but who are familiar with popular misrepresentations of the county, will do with this energetic, almost omniscient work is everyone's guess. It can come as a kind of revelation. Darley's Essex is multi-layered and always counter-intuitive. Much of its character is due to the scarcity of large estates and the resulting non-feudality of its old settlements.
Newer settlements or merged villages such as Silver End...
Louis IX, King of France from 1226 to 1270, was an enthusiastic but unsuccessful crusader. During his crusade to Egypt in 1248-54, he was captured and released at high cost. During his crusade to Tunis in 1270, he fell ill with dysentery and died together with a large number of his companions and troops. After his death, his family and members of the French church pressed for him to be canonized. He was declared a saint in 1297.
Several accounts of Ludwig's life, intense piety, and holy deeds have been written, either with the express aim of ensuring his canonization, or later to embellish his reputation as a holy king. Two Dominican brothers, Geoffrey von Beaulieu and William von Chartres, who had been close to Louis as confessor and chaplain, wrote the hagiographies that ensured ...
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