Category Archives: Reflection

Tom Holland, Charlie Hebdo, and the history of Islam

On the way back from a conference in Glasgow, I picked up a copy of The New Statesman to read on the plane. The cover story concerned Tom Holland’s “In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the … Continue reading

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Reflections on 2014

I am not big on year-in-review posts, but two trends emerged in 2014 that are worth reflecting upon. 1) What’s up in Eastern Europe? First a revolt against a pro-Russian kleptocrat in Ukraine, then the Russia seizure of Crimea and … Continue reading

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British Library debate on the First World War, 2/24/2014

On February 24, the British Library kicked off the centenary of the beginning of the Great War by sponsoring a debate. Participating were Gary Sheffield, Annika Mombauer, Dan Todman, and Neil Faulkner . "The First World War: The Debate" video now online at http://t.co/xmssUpjPZu /via … Continue reading

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Fernand Braudel speaks from the grave

Who says historians don’t have a sense of humor? This morning, I was scrolling down through the overnight Tweets and came across this: I've been looking into the causes of the #Ukraine crisis. Answer is obviously the grain trade with … Continue reading

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Some lessons on the revolutionary process

I do not view my courses – whether the traditional lecture classes nor the new online courses – as a podium to expound my political views. I disliked this as a student and now as an instructor frequently hear students … Continue reading

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Kiev, without comment

Blood on the steps of Kyiv's October Palace. pic.twitter.com/kSBGYhtyAL — Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 20, 2014 Makeshift #Euromaidan morgue at the Hotel #Ukraine. 50 protesters killed in last two days. Credit: @DavidMdzin pic.twitter.com/4fBGTS70so — Jack Stubbs (@jc_stubbs) February 20, 2014

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The historical importance of the events in Kiev

Walter Russel Mead, whose opinions I frequently (but not always) share, offers an interesting take on the events in Maidan Square. Kiev Violence Leaves 13 Dead. How bad will things have to get to prompt a policy change from the … Continue reading

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