What We’re Reading: December 3rd

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 section.

John:

Jeremy Adelman, “The Mortal Marx” (Public Books)

Dirk Baecker, »Wozu Kulturwissenschaft« (Kultur/Reflexion – Hypotheses.org)

James Esposito interviews Benjamin Martin on his new book The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard Univ. Press, 2016; New Books in History)

Susanna Ferguson interviews Eve Troutt Powell on narratives of slavery in late Ottoman Egypt (Ottoman History Podcast)

Walter Grasskamp on André Malraux (The Getty Research Institute)

Benjamin Herman, “The debate that won’t die: Havel and Kundera on whether protest is worthwhile” (Radio Free Europe)

Stefan Krankenhagen, »Von der Kunst, Auschwitz darzustellen« (Merkur)

Madison Mainwaring, “The Eye of Baudelaire” (The Paris Review)

Armando Massarenti, “Spesso il male di scrivere ho incontrato” (Il Sole 24 Ore Domenica)

Finally, take a peek at the wonderful resources of “Socialism Realised: Life in Communist Czechoslovakia 1948-1989

Emily:

For all the modern British historians out there, Birmingham Modern British Studies’ CFP for its summer 2017 conference has now dropped.

Amber K. Regis, The private writing of J. A. Symonds (TLS)

David Runciman, Is this how democracy ends? (LRB)
Mike Davis, Not a Revolution — Yet (Verso Books)
Andy Seal, Why Richard Rorty Was Not a Prophet (S-USIH)
Ian Buruma, The End of the Anglo-American Order (NY Times)

Timothy Snyder reviews Peter Fritzsche, A New Look at Civilian Life in Europe under Hitler (LRB)

Nakul Krishna, How the thought acts of the Oxford don J L Austin live on (Aeon)

A.N. Wilson, No sex please, we’re Bensons (TLS)

Ben Thomas, Edō Ergo Sum: Foodie Hipsterism in the Roman Empire (Eidolon)

Owen Hatherley, Strange, Angry Objects: The Brutalist Decades (LRB)

Eleanor Parker, The Coming of Christ, the Golden Blossom (A Clerk of Oxford)

And finally, the BBC dramatized Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and it was one of the best things that happened to me in the last two weeks.

Eric:

Dossier on upcoming constitutional referendum in Italy. (LSE)

Kwame Anthony Appiah “There is no such thing as western civilization” (Reith Lecture – The Guardian):

Clément Cadoret, “Revenu universel: halte à la pensée magique”  (La vie des idées)

Frans van Lunteren, “Clocks to Computers: A Machine-Based ‘Big-Picture’ of the History of Modern Science” – with responses, open. (ISIS)

Amia Srinivasan on Martha Nussbaum “A Righteous Fury” (The Nation)

Yitzchak:

Martin Garbus, “America’s Invisible Inferno” (NYRB)

Michael P. Lynch, “Fake News and the Internet Shell Game” (New York Times, “The Stone”)

Thomas Pakenham, “What the Trees Say” (NYRB)

Jacob Siegel, “The Alt-Right’s Jewish Godfather” (Tablet)

Carolyn:

Thomas Powers, “The Private Heisenberg and the Absent Bomb” (NYRB)

Ursula Scheer, Im Westen hat das Antlitz eine andere Bedeutung als im Orient: Ein Gespräch mit Kunsthistoriker Hans Belting” (FAZ)

Daniel Zalewski, “Factory of Fakes” (The New Yorker)

 

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