Berfrois

Chrissy Lau: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental”

Chrissy Lau: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental”

During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, San Francisco had the popular reputation as a sexually liberal wonderland and an international city. At the same time, during the era of increasing nativism and immigration exclusion...

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Puerto Rico and the Politics of Colonial Migration

Puerto Rico and the Politics of Colonial Migration

On January 8, 2019, in a prime-time address from the oval office, President Donald J. Trump argued that the existence of a “humanitarian crisis” required the funding of a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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Why didn’t they see Hitler?

Why didn’t they see Hitler?

A few weeks ago, a six-thousand-word article in Esquire on the unexceptional life of a white teen-ager in peri-urban Wisconsin generated a furious online backlash.

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How translation obscured the music and wordplay of the Bible

How translation obscured the music and wordplay of the Bible

An essential fact about the Hebrew Bible is that most of its narrative prose as well as its poetry manifests a high order of sophisticated literary fashioning.

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The Lost History of Prosecuting War Crimes by Amy Carney

The Lost History of Prosecuting War Crimes by Amy Carney

Human Rights after Hitler describes the rise and fall of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC). But author Dan Plesch did not write this book...

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Julian of Norwich and the Process of Transformation

Julian of Norwich and the Process of Transformation

Julian of Norwich was born in 1342. No stranger to violence and suffering, she grew up in a world ravaged by the Hundred Years’ War between England and France and torn apart...

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Liberalism and Slavery

Liberalism and Slavery

Herman Bennett’s African Kings and Black Slaves is a teaser, an invitation to think through the historiography on Atlantic slavery as a liberal metanarrative...

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Socialist Sex Satisfaction

Socialist Sex Satisfaction

Women's sexual pleasure has rarely been treated as an appropriate subject for economics. Various political theorists have long ruminated on the dubiousness of even naming women’s sexual pleasure as though it were transhistoric...

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Letters from Robben Island

Letters from Robben Island

In a speech he gave after his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela described the triumph of the South African anti-apartheid struggle he had done so much to lead.

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Who killed Luxemburg and Liebknecht?

Who killed Luxemburg and Liebknecht?

Here is a world in disorder,” the chorus chant in an unfinished play that Bertolt Brecht started in 1926, “Who is then ready / To put it in order?” The answer was Rosa Luxemburg...

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Borderlands

Borderlands

Informed by an ethos of transnationalism, Elizabeth Leake’s text aims to blur regional and global histories of the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands...

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On Summers in Switzerland and Sheffield

On Summers in Switzerland and Sheffield

In late summer and early autumn of 1765, Rousseau was on the run. He was always fleeing some sort of persecution: at times very real, and legal; at others perhaps more perceived, and highly personal.

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No absinthe, Chartreuse could cure you…

No absinthe, Chartreuse could cure you…

Let me tell you about a color that began as a fabled drink. It tasted harsh and punishing, like medicine. It began as a mythic elixir...

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Ed Simon on Stephen Foster

Ed Simon on Stephen Foster

A baby named Stephen Foster was born, who though white, would grow up harboring the ambition to become the “best Ethiopian songwriter”...

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Reading Lion Feuchtwanger Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Reading Lion Feuchtwanger Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1949, so I grew up playing cowboys and Indians with my cousins in the rubble fields of my native city.

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Natalie Lawrence: Global Greed and the Gluttonous Dodo

Natalie Lawrence: Global Greed and the Gluttonous Dodo

The dodo was not always fat. Nobody alive is able to say for sure what a dodo was really like: the last one had died by the end of the 17th Century...

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‘Cultural Marxism’ is for the New Right both a symbol of the enemy and an example of successful politics…

‘Cultural Marxism’ is for the New Right both a symbol of the enemy and an example of successful politics…

Among historians, 1968 is increasingly viewed as a publishing phenomenon – some have even talked about a ‘paperback revolution’...

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By late 1940, Britain withdrew most of its agents from Romania…

By late 1940, Britain withdrew most of its agents from Romania…

Deletant skillfully depicts the complicated geopolitical relations in east-central Europe during World War II, and the ways in which Nazi Germany tried to exploit the tensions between Romania, Hungary, and the USSR...

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Airline Travel and the African Diaspora

Airline Travel and the African Diaspora

In the prologue to Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora, Chandra D. Bhimull begins with two narratives about death.

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Loneliness has a history…

Loneliness has a history…

‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says ...

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