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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 11. Europe in the World. Part II. Russia, energy, demography.

The theme of Chapters 10 and 11 is the tension between a shrinking Europe living in an expanding world of nation states, while all the while seeking to dis-establish European nation states which experience global developments differentially. Chapter 10 discusses … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 10. Europe in the World:Part I. The US and the rise of Asia.

The transformation of the world. In the key years of 1989-1992, it was Europe, not the U.S., which had the distinction of being both source and origin of the process which came to be called “globalization”—understood driven as technologically conditioned … Continue reading

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Europe’s slippery slopes: a book review.

There are never enough books to satisfy the reading public’s appetite for ideas about how to overcome Europe’s travails. Our three authors provide us with plenty: all focus in different ways on the two key questions of nationality, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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Corbyn’s Coda: in the shadow of the Swastika

Whenever Jeremy Corbyn has an opportunity, he makes the following statement, and then adds what seems to be a repetitive coda. “There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of racism in the Labour party”. Sir Eric Pickles, currently … Continue reading

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Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, London, Pocket Books,2007.

Alex von Tunzelmann has written a lovely book on the last days of the British Raj, lovely because it is a moving account of the people, their characters, foibles, and passions who presided over the birth of modernIndia. But it … Continue reading

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David Gilmour, The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj, London, John Murray, 2005.

David Gilmour opens his history of the lives of the men who served in the Indian Civil Service (ICS) by citing Joseph Stalin’s remarks to the anglophobe Joachim von Ribbentrop(nicknamed in the London of the 1930s where he served as Hitler’s … Continue reading

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Edward Luce, In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India, London, Little Brown, 2006.

Edward Luce, who reported for the Financial Times on the subcontinent, has written an account of India, fifty years after independence in 1947. The very different India of now would still be recognisable to the trilogy of the three most … Continue reading

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