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Soviet Counterfactuals

Counterfactual history (asking, and attempting to answer, “what if?” questions about the past) does not enjoy academic respectability, despite the efforts of imperial apologist Niall Ferguson… 263 more words

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Eric Hobsbawm's Age of Revolution

Eric Hobsbawm is my favourite historian. His oeuvre constitutes a monumental demonstration of what Marxist history can do. 985 more words

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Introducing Edward Gibbon - Part II

I do not propose to write in depth at this stage about Edward Gibbon’s intellectual assumptions and preoccupations, as I hope to elucidate these through my reading of his… 1,603 more words

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Introducing Edward Gibbon

Everyone has heard of Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. But how many have actually read it, all of it – six volumes, 1.5 million words, 8362 footnotes? 1,385 more words

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The Greek “fathers of History” – Part II – Herodotus (continued and concluded)

A central question since antiquity that remains unresolved to this day is: can we trust Herodotus and his marvellous tales? In antiquity he was attacked and denounced as the “father of lies”, and this view of Herodotus – as an ancient Baron Münchausen, a teller of tall tales and a fabricator of his alleged travels and sources of information, still has currency today (see particularly the German scholar Detlev Fehling in… 1,539 more words

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