History Links of the Day
Posted by Ed
If I have one regret about my sojourn so far in Russia, it's that my legions of adoring fans have had fewer chances to read hastily-thrown-together blog entries full of random links. Actually, I take that back: I also regret that RGASPI, the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, has been temporarily closed since I got here. And, even more, I regret that I've gone from a short-distance relationship to a long distance relationship to a really long distance relationship since last September. But, other than that...
I can't do much, say, about reopening RGASPI. I can, however, give you some new links:
- The London Review of Books looks at Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman, a book I'll have to read sometime.
- The Weekly Standard hails Benjamin Disraeli as "the inventor of modern conservatism."
- In The Washington Post, Anne Applebaum (not usually my favorite writer) reminds us of the fascist past of architect Philip Johnson.
- Scott McLemee reviews Jared Diamond's new book on the decline of civilizations.
- The Guardian reviews two new books on British colonial repression in Africa.
- Common-Place looks at the Pacific voyage of George Forster, a radical intellectual who travelled with Captain Cook.
- The Guardian reports on the opening of Communist-era files on collaboration in Poland.
- Jack the Ripper wasn't really the painter Walter Sickert, it seems.
- In The New York Review of Books, Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses the correspondence between Catherine the Great and her lover, Potemkin.
It may be a while until I have another chance to browse the web again, but I'll try to post more often.
Posted by Ed at February 5, 2005 05:01 AM