Ideology and Delusion

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Peter Hayes. Photo by Augustas Didzgalvis.

Intellectual autobiography is fertile ground for delusion and distortion. But I think the books that made me the kind of historian I am—contrarian, suspicious of received wisdom, mistrustful of “theory,” secular, rational, humanist, and focused on explaining the horrors to which politics led in the early twentieth century—were the great anti-ideological novels of the 1940s Continue Reading ›

Books for Explorers: engaging the imaginary

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Wendy Wilson-Fall

The thing that really expresses my relationship to reading is the problem of imagining and creating a world. I mean, a world I would like to live in, a world that I can understand and see connected to other worlds.

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History is more than the past

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David H. Mould and Kazakh warrior chief.

I’m one of those academic misfits, a committed generalist. I’m interested in many disciplines, as long as they don’t involve equations and statistics. Continue Reading ›

How Books Drove Me to Drink

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Deborah Toner

Since embarking on the doctoral research that would eventually become my book, Alcohol and Nationhood in Nineteenth Century Mexico, I have been asked dozens, maybe even hundreds, of times how I ended up working on this subject. Continue Reading ›