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Stefan Collini's Ford Lectures: 'History in English criticism, 1919-1961'

by guest contributor Joshua Bennett

A distinctive feature of the early years of the Cambridge English Tripos (examination system), in which close “practical criticism” of individual texts was balanced by the study of the “life, literature, and thought” surrounding them, was that the social and intellectual background to literature acquired an equivalent importance to that of literature itself. 1,460 more words

British History

Muslim Brotherhood: Islamist Reformers or Revolutionary Fundamentalists?

The rise in sectarianism and social tensions in Egypt begs the question: can the Muslim Brotherhood be a stabilizing alternative to the radical methods of other Islamist groups, or does their political project merely represent a more sophisticated strategy towards repressive Islamic technocracy? 3,619 more words

Intellectual History

Review of new Samuel Marsden biography

My short review of Andrew Sharp’s intellectual biography of Marsden was published this week on the NZ Listener’s webpage, see here.

A longer (academic) review will be published soon in the next New Zealand Journal of History.

British Empire

Global/Universal History: A Warning

by contributing editor Disha Karnad Jani

Last week, in an essay on the state of global history, historian Jeremy Adelman asked, “In our fevered present of Nation-X First, of resurgent ethno-nationalism, what’s the point of recovering global pasts?” In the wake of last November’s election in the United States, and the slew of executive orders, hate crimes, and retaliatory moves by other governments that have followed, it is a fair question: have the unequivocal challenges to the project and paradigm of global integration put into jeopardy the very task of the global historian? 1,441 more words

Think Pieces

Imagining the Worker’s Revolution: The Case of Georges Sorel

By Eric Brandom

By the end of the 19th century, Marx’s legacy was attached to political parties that sought to win power democratically, indeed that to a great degree identified revolution with the electoral victory of socialist parties. 1,612 more words


Buyong bin Adil – The Prominent Malay Historian

By Putri ‘Alia Mursyidah bt Rosly

Buyong Adil was a prominent figure in Malay historiography. He was a prolific historian and his contributions are always estimated highly by the lovers of history until our days. 896 more words

Muslim History

Fascist Proletarians: An Ideological Paradox?

In this text, I examine Italian fascism from Benito Mussolini’s Marxist stage to his rise to power in 1922. European interwar fascism would not manifest itself without the profound consequences of the Great War or the bourgeois angst over the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. 2,731 more words

Intellectual History