Over the past six weeks, Publius and I exchanged thoughts about Gordon Wood’s Radicalism of the American Revolution, mining it for insight into the cultural complexities and political tensions that recur throughout American history and into the present. 1,978 more words
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So it’s week five of fifty-two, and the quotes still stream out of Gibbon’s first three chapters like a rushing spring river.
Anyone who has already read The Decline and Fall knows that some sections are just denser than others, and this first section of three chapters, which details the state of the Empire prior to the Decline, is positively resplendent with ideas about higher-functioning societies. 1,006 more words