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The Treaty of Versailles One Hundred Years On
The Versailles Treaty of 1919, celebrates its one-hundred anniversary this year. And, yet unlike the more recent centenaries, such as that of the outbreak of the Great War or the Russian Revolution, the Versailles Treaty, notwithstanding its importance as perhaps the most important of the twentieth-century, has not seen the... Read More
Benjamin Breen, “The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade” (U Penn Press, 2019)
In Benjamin Breen‘s The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), we are transported back to a time when there was no such thing as “recreational” and “medicinal” drugs. People ate Egyptian mummies. Tobacco apparently cured cancer. And the book has many more... Read More
James M. Vaughn, “The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III” (Yale UP, 2019)
In his notes for a speech to be delivered in the House of Commons in the wake of American Independence, the MP and imperial reformer Edmund Burke observed that ‘Some people are great Lovers of uniformity – They are not satisfied with a rebellion in the West. They must have... Read More
Matthew Lockwood, “To Begin The World Over Again: How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe” (Yale UP, 2019)
Growing up as an American, you’re bound to be all-but-suffused with triumphalist histories of the American Revolution. Those histories might have a tough of the Hegelian to them, asserting that the Revolutionary War was part of the inevitable development of freedom worldwide. More academic histories have focused more critically on... Read More
Giuliana Chamedes, “A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Giuliana Chamedes‘ new book A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe (Harvard University Press, 2019) explores how World War I galvanized the central government of the Catholic Church to craft its own variety of internationalism, which was intended to rival both liberal and communist internationalism. From 1918... Read More
Taomo Zhou, “Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War” (Cornell UP, 2019)
If tales of China’s radical ‘opening up’ to the world over the last 30 years imply that the country was somehow ‘closed’ before this, then one need only think of Beijing’s dalliances with various potential socialist allies during the Cold War to dispel this impression. There is, moreover, another equally... Read More
Julia Neuberger, “Antisemitism: What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters” (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2019)
Anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from vandalism through murder, are on the rise in Great Britain, and across Europe and North America. Julia Neuberger – Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, a member of the House of Lords, chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and trustee of Full Fact, an organization... Read More