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Witness
4.36
ooh boy - what I hunk of junk this thing is.

790 pages of Chambers's pathetic mewling makes it easy to understand, even for those of us who weren't th
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Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics
3.66
Divides neoliberalism into three periods: 1920s-1940s (Hayek, Popper, Vin Mises), 1950's-1980 (Friedman, Stigler), and 1980-2008 (global neoliberalism ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
 
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
3.96
Useful as an easy summary of Marxian historio-philosophical thought and in its articulation of the differences between utopian (pre-Marxist) and scien ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
Age of Contradiction: American Thought & Culture in the 1960s
3.11
For Brick, the 1960s began as an Age of Affluence, one which saw culture become both more democratized and increasingly under the control of bureaucra ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
The Permanent Revolution, Results and Prospects
3.93
Due to its (1905) political backwardness, (as Kautsky points out), Russia is dominated by foreign capital from more developed Western Nation. For this ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
 
Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men's Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860
3.79
Clothing as commodity and sign. Around the revolution, coarse homespun clothing was virtuous, a rejection of British trade and the British political e ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
 
No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920
4.07
Lears explains the cultural and intellectual transformation of the period 1880-1920 as a flight from modernity and its attendant weightlessness and ra ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
 
Russia, 1905-07: Revolution As A Moment Of Truth
4.00
Shanin argues against the dominant understanding (in the 1980s and largely within Soviet Historiography it seems), particularly regarding Peasants. Th ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
New York Intellectuals
3.88
Writing in the 1980s, Wald follows the transition of the New York Intellectuals from Marxist anti-communism (which he calls authentic Anti-Stalinism) ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916
3.50
Tedious prose and over-detailed. But the main argument is worth the slog. The reform efforts of the progressive-era were made possible through the ded ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics
4.36
Despite its conclusions, this is a tremendous work of intellectual and cultural history. Speaking mainly about his work in the late 1970s and early 19 ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918
3.98
Kern discusses the ways in which changes in science, technology and art during the period 1880-1918 led to a dramatic rupture with previous ways of un ...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
3.46
Attempts to make sense of the paradox that the two nations most associated with individual political liberty and property rights (Britain and Holland) ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
The Declaration of Independence: A Global History
3.41
Considers the Declaration of Independence as a Global Document. Rather than a call to arms for a domestic audience, it was a declaration of not just i ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
The Myth of American Religious Freedom
4.06
Essentially argues that before the three decade liberal exception (1936-1968), conservative Protestantism was the de facto moral establishment of the ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
 
Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
4.36
Argues against four things: Lincoln was the "Great Emancipator" (Emerson) who had to wait until public opinion caught up with his abolitionism. Lincol ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
The Liberal Tradition in America
3.59
A 'consensus' historian deeply concerned by American consensus. Suggests that because America did not experience feudalism, it knows only liberalism, ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
 
Black Life on the Mississippi: Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Western Steamboat World
3.82
The importance of mobility, connections between slave autonomy and slave geography. Came out before Walter Johnson's "On Agency," and BUchanan's book ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
 
Policing Stalin's Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953
4.00
Argues that the traditional view of the 1930's in the USSR as being "bookended" by two different waves of 'terror' Dekulakization and the Purges is in ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public
3.69
Focuses on the rise of polling in the period (roughly) 1920-1960, beginning with Middletown and then discussing Gallup and Kinsey. A departure from pr ...more
Nov 11, 2014
Nov 01, 2014
 
Marx, Lenin, and the Science of Revolution
3.67
A little cumbersome, as Eastman makes an important and coherent point, but then sort of...remakes it for a maybe-superfluous 285 pages. The essential ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
3.92
Modern man (1979) is narcissistic in that the 19th century barriers between self and others have been broken down, but nothing has been forged to take ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
 
Stalin's Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926–1941
4.50
A piece with Shearer's book on Soviet Policing, Hagenloh distinguishes between the political repressions of the Great Terror (targeted at supposed Tro ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920
3.77
Kloppenberg engages with who he terms the "via media" thinkers - via media representing "a radical uncertainty," a rejection of permanent categories a ...more
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
 
A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
3.68
Does a good job of expressing the idea that legacies can be complicated, Kazin closes with the idea that it is possible not only for someone to be a p ...more
May 2013
May 01, 2013
 
The Problem of Emancipation: The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War
3.56
Context
Where and how long is the civil war era
Role of media and public opinion in slavery, civil war and emancipation
The influence of religion on auto
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Mar 30, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
 
The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America
3.70
McCoy recasts the presidencies of Jefferson and Madison as part of an extended attempt at establishing a Republic. This is ultimately a tragedy, as th ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Social Thought in America
3.50
Study of liberal-positivist social philosophy in the first decades of the twentieth century. White focuses on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Veblen, Dewey, Be ...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
 
Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom
4.09
A really useful comparative history of slavery and serfdom. The main current is that serf society was much more community-oriented and autonomous. Ser ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
 
Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
3.81
When this inveterate racist asks why Black people are out of work, the answer may surprise you! (spoiler alert: the answer will not surprise you). He ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
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