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What We’re Reading: Week of Feb. 24

Here are a few interesting articles and pieces we found around the web this week. If you come across something that other intellectual historians might enjoy, please let us know in the comments!


Imaging techniques and illuminated manuscripts (University of Cambridge)

Jenny Uglow, “William Blake: Wonderful and Strange” (NYRB)

David Amsden, “Building the First Slavery Museum in America” (NYT)

David Shuman, “Inside the Hidden Temple” (NYR Gallery)

Jennifer Schuessler, “A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback” (NYT)


Rémy Besson, « Imaginations historiennes » (La vie des idées)

Jacques Body, « Un titre problèmatique de Giraudoux » (La République des livres)

Robert Huddleston, “ ‘Poetry Makes Nothing Happen’: W.H. Auden’s Struggles with Politics” (Boston Review)

Interview with Daniel Immerwahr, “Thinking big … and small about U.S. history in a global context” (Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Interview with Tim Lacy on The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and Great Books Idea (New Books in Intellectual History)

James Livingston, “What is Called History at the End of Modernity?” (S-USIH blog)

Jürgen Osterhammel, »Meist siegte das Bedürfnis nach Rache« (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Knox Peden, “What Is to Be Done?” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Jennifer Schuessler, “A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback” (NY Times)

Jenny Uglow, “William Blake: Wonderful and Strange” (NYR blog)

And finally, »Die Sprache lügt nicht: Die Tagebücher von Victor Klemperer« (Arte, 2004; German-language video)


Alan Ryan, The Dangers of Patriotism (NYRB)

Eran Zelnik, I am a presentist—and so is Gordon Wood (USIH-Blog)

Leo Benedictus, Why did Turkey invade Syria to dig up the grave of Suleyman Shah? (Guardian)

Marc Parry, Classicists Crunch Data to Test Hypotheses About Greece (Chronicle)

Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori, What is Global Intellectual History – If It Should Exist At All? (Imperial & Global Forum)

Jenny Uglow, William Blake: Wonderful and Strange (NYRB)

Maev Kennedy, Henry VIII’s evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library (Guardian)

Jennifer Schuessler, A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback (NY Times)

David Parrott, Sad Century: The 17th-Century Crisis (LRB)

6 replies on “What We’re Reading: Week of Feb. 24”

Thanks for the link to the USIH piece by Livingston. We are serializing this essay (10,000+ words) over four weeks. It’s an interesting experiment in online academic argumentation. We’ve already gotten some good comments on the first installment — I’m hopeful that more of our blog readers will weigh in.

Thanks for the comments here and especially that link, Tony! The language situation is so depressing that I had to cut about five hundred words from the original draft …. And on that note, did you ever read this one?

The myopia, chauvinism, and solipsism boggle the mind. Alas, the attitude is hardly uncommon. Moreover, most graduate programs (anecdotally speaking) seem to make it structurally difficult for doctoral students to pick up or even attain proficiency with languages. But that’s another whole post, I guess!

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