Tag Archives: russia

Sakwa, Richard: “Frontline Ukraine. Crisis In The Borderlands”

Professor Sakwa views the current conflict in Eastern Europe as extremely serious, likening it to the turmoil that took place in the Balkans before the outbreak of World War One. Sakwa, welcomely, challenges the liberal doctrine of the West in … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Trotsky, Leon: “Terrorism And Communism”.

Published in 1920, this short polemic from Trotsky is a reply to Karl Kautsky’s stinging critique of the Bolsheviks in the first years after their infamous coup d’etat. In practice, it was also a warning to the Mensheviks. Kautsky, considered … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

E.H. Carr: “The Russian Revolution from Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929”.

Carr devoted thirty years of his life to writing the fourteen volume, two million words and arguably the definitive history of twentieth century Russia. This is his magnum opus distilled into two hundred pages. Carr, like Hobsbawn, had a leftist … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Orwell, George: “Nineteen Eighty-Four”.

When I first read “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, Orwell’s dark vision where the “rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions” terrified me. Orwell’s … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, George Orwell, Totalitarianism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: “The Gambler”

Dostoevsky’s novella has several themes worthy of thinking about. Namely gambling, national identity, class and love. Dostoevsky is worth reading for his style alone as it is lyrical, sinuous and elegant. The Dickensian name of the town where the casino was based, Roulletenberg, typified … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Dostoevsky | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Orwell, George: “Animal Farm”

Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is still relevant. Living in a free and democratic country makes it all too facile to ignore the fact that millions of people and vast parts of our planet continue to be ruled with tyranny and repression. Contemplate the … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Farm, China, Democracy, George Orwell, Putin, Repression | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment