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The Great Cat Massacre

I heard about this book a long time ago, probably in the context of a university history subject that was attempting to give students an overview of different ways of approaching the writing of history; it was preparatory to undertaking Honours. 882 more words


‘Politics’ for the censors, as for many Frenchmen in the eighteenth century, did not refer to power struggles within the government, which could not be discussed openly, but rather to foreign affairs.

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All Reporters Are Writing for 'Mom'

Nicholas Casey, outgoing Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, is heading to The New York Times, and yesterday he wrote a moving… 282 more words

New York Times

Thoughts on reading Jonathan Israel: On the origins of the French Revolution

Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Jonathan Israel comes out swinging in his recent work, Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from the ‘Rights of Man’ to Robespierre… 548 more words

French Revolution

The Great Cat Massacre: History and Comedy

Sadistic violence against innocent cats? A symbolic gesture of class resistance? The funniest thing that ever happened in 1730s Paris – or even all three? In this article our Deputy Editor… 1,239 more words

Front Page

Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo, Molière, and Carl Jung: where does a fearless – heedless – sense of vocation originate?

Still finding it hard to put the Charlie Hebdo victims out of mind, to get work done – because so many of them look like writer, journalist and artist friends of… 1,215 more words

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