Berfrois

April 2021

In the Caffè Michelangiolo

In the Caffè Michelangiolo

Disappointed as soldiers, the Macchiaioli went back to their paintbrushes and began creating paintings of the Italy they had known before the Austrian occupation...

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Newton and the Mint

Newton and the Mint

The currency was literally shrinking, and Newton’s first task was to sort the situation out. Making his life still more complicated, international values were based on silver, but the value of gold was soaring...

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Postwar Migration and Black British Theatre

Postwar Migration and Black British Theatre

Over the next decade, a growing community of black theatre practitioners emerged in Britain...

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Donald MacKenzie: Trading, Faster

Donald MacKenzie: Trading, Faster

Winning or losing the trading race can be a matter of nanoseconds...

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From the Sky

From the Sky

To be frozen, and come back to life. It is fantastical. And yet, it seems to be true...

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Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

The trajectory of literature is intertwined with and also strains against the career of God...

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Kenkō’s Idle Hours

Kenkō’s Idle Hours

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations—such is a pleasure beyond compare...

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Soviet Realism; Russian Experimentation

Soviet Realism; Russian Experimentation

The avant-garde was banned in the USSR for over five decades. Between 1932 and the end of the 1980s, Soviet artists were compelled to abandon any creative experimentation. The work they had once done, held in museums throughout the country, was hidden away and sometimes destroyed...

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Uruguayan Beef; New Zealand Mutton

Uruguayan Beef; New Zealand Mutton

The boiling down and pressing of cattle meat to produce tinned beef, such as the flagship Fray Bentos corned beef, was a much-improved version of Liebig’s method...

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Why are the humanities worth saving?

Why are the humanities worth saving?

The historical shift currently underway is massive. The ridiculous stories that the anti-woke hucksters and tabloids love to pick up and ridicule are in fact just the faintest epiphenomena of this massive shift...

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Extractivism in Ecuador

Extractivism in Ecuador

The substantial reorientation that occurred in Ecuador and many other Latin American countries was driven by historically high primary commodity prices during the first decade of the twenty-first century...

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Rhetoric, Law and the Formation of Asian American as a Racial Identity

Rhetoric, Law and the Formation of Asian American as a Racial Identity

Coulson establishes the broader historical context for the formation of “Asian” as a race in America by pointing to immigration patterns that created economic competition in places like California...

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Shakespeare’s North

Shakespeare’s North

He argues that Shakespeare wrote the plays by plagiarizing liberally from North’s earlier works, some of which were published and are now lost...

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