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Witness
4.40
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...more
Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men's Dress in the American Republic, 1760-1860
3.80
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
 
Russia, 1905 07: Revolution As A Moment Of Truth
0.00
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
 
The Declaration of Independence: A Global History
3.48
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
3.91
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
 
A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
3.69
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 Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America
3.68
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
 
Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom
4.11
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
 
Born Losers: A History of Failure in America
3.70
cultural history of financial 'losers' in the 19th century. Not the seasonal wage laborers and slaves of Scraping By, but the people who engaged with...more
Mar 19, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
3.76
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
 
The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States
3.54
Attempts to explain the relative success of old age pension (through the year 2000 or so) and the failure of public health in the United States. Does...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
 
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore
4.09
the growth of American capitalism in early Republican Baltimore. Wage labor built the city, and in Baltimore, due to its position between North and So...more
Feb 09, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
The Politics of Industrialization in Tsarist Russia: The Association of Southern Coal and Steel Producers, 1874-1914
3.00
McCaffray surveys the rise of industrialism in Ukraine (she calls it South Russia because everyone in her story did, but she feels bad about it - see...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies
3.30
Excellent overview of the 1970s - political and economic history. Stein blames the transformation of the US economy from industrial production driven...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
Romantics, Reformers, Reactionaries: Russian Conservative Thought and Politics in the Reign of Alexander I
0.00
Examines currents in conservatism during the reign of Alexander I. Conservatism was rarely cohesive - it shared a rhetoric and an intellectual heritag...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics
3.54
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
 
War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War
4.26
Reconsiders the War between the United States and Mexico in the context of decades of conflict in the Norther Mexican states between Indains (mainly f...more
Mar 03, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Reflections on the Failure of Socialism
3.73
Reading this to research a paper on Eastman. Seems to be a logical consistency to his thought, in that he maintained from his early Marxism a devotion...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
The Uncertain Crusade: America and the Russian Revolution of 1905
2.00
Wasted opportunity. The Historian who did the research died, and it was put together into this slim, lazy volume by another historian. Chapter 5, whic...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State
3.67
Another review calls this book "graceless and repetitive" and it certainly is that. The argument is worthwhile, although I am not convinced that it is...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
3.85
The development of the consumer's republic from the Great Depression to the early 1970s. this means both a switch in rhetoric to consumerim/ Keynesian...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
3.89
A history of the tremendous impact of the shipping container. Complicates traditional notions of how transformations in political-economy occur. 1- th...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
4.09
Ultimately, I wasn't crazy about this. I like reading about the Enlightenment as much as anyone, particularly the aspect of it that criticizes/ mocks...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
Sceptical Essays
4.13
Very dated. I have read a lot of Bertrand Russell, and other than some references to his contemporaries, his work, particularly the autobiography and...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
 
Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860
4.23
A massive New Western History that shows the scope, complexity, messiness, bloodiness and contingency of the North American West in the period. Rather...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
 
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
4.03
Browning focuses on the role of obedience to authority and conformity as more important than ideology in convincing otherwise "ordinary men" to take p...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
Debtors and Creditors in America: Insolvency, Imprisonment for Debt, and Bankruptcy, 1607-1900
3.00
A strange book. Despite its claim to cover three centuries of debtors and creditors, the bulk of the story covers the period between the revolution an...more
Apr 02, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
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