Tag Archives: Violence

Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, Andrew Reynolds: “The Arab Spring. Pathways of Repression And Reform”.

The Middle East was thrown into a tailspin on 17th December 2010 when 26-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the repression in his native country.  The protest spread to Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Syria and … Continue reading

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Shehadeh, Raja: “Palestinian Walks”.

Through a series of what Palestinians call “sarhat”, or hill walks, Raja Shehadeh tells the tale of how his native Ramallah in the West Bank has changed over time. In his youth, before the 1967 occupation, he wrote of the … Continue reading

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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

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Applebaum, Anna: “Gulag: A History”.

Applebaum excavated the brutal Soviet regime in which the levels of systematic and institutional violence inflicted on many of its citizens was incomprehensible. Individuals were not human beings that deserved their own human rights. Rather, they were used as pawns … Continue reading

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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

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James, Marlon: “A Brief History Of Seven Killings”.

James has written an exhilarating, transnational, cross-generational, vice-city ride through the garbage town wastelands of the Jamaican ghettos and the slum tenements of New York City. James used the inimitable cadence of Jamaican patois to voice the gang-ridden, vicious underbelly of … Continue reading

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