Book review: W. Rostow – The Dynamics of Soviet Society

Groningen, a.d. VI Non. Mai. MMDCCLXXII A.U.C., This 246 pages long book gives a short introduction to the (dys)functioning of Soviet society up and to 1952, as seen from the viewpoint of the American historian Rostow in 1954. Peculiarly, he was not an expert on this topic, he wrote the book based on conversations and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: W. Shirer – The Collapse of the Third Republic

Having watched the collapse of France in a mere six weeks, Shirer set out to find out how it was possible that one of the victors of the First World War imploded in face of the German onslaught. This is quite a daunting task, if only because it is hard to avoid many of the... Continue Reading →

Constitutions and Redistribution

Groningen, a.d. III Kal. Jul. MMDCCLXXI A.U.C., Currently I am reading the Federalist Papers, which defend the new constitution of the United States of America in 1787, at the same time as reading Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy by Albertus and Menaldo. Reading them together gave me a new insight (others probably have thought it... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Henry Kissinger — World Order

Leiden, a.d. XIII Kal. Mar. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., At the age of 92, Henry Kissinger, head of the National Security Council and secretary of state of the USA during the Vietnam War, is still as productive as ever. Last year he wrote what some have called his summa diplomatica: 'World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the... Continue Reading →

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