I wanted something to accompany 'Dark Valley', something to add a little bit of map-content or visual of some kind, or alternately a different tellingI wanted something to accompany 'Dark Valley', something to add a little bit of map-content or visual of some kind, or alternately a different telling of the same content (always nice to have atleast two versions of anything). I saw this - heaven!
Each two-page spread is about some transition, period of time, or other concrete situation; and it goes from prehistoria to current. Certainly there are many choices built-in, and someone could differ with how they laid things out. But it seems to tie in well with 'Dark Valley'.
For instance, in Dark Valley, there is a section on Stalin and 1928-1933, and there is a two-page spread on exactly that. With one map showing who it was who fought against the Red Army (the White Army's generals, as well as foreign groups), where they started from and where they reached before they were stopped. Another map shows where in Europe other Communist groups existed for a while. Then, there's a great map about the industrialization that occurred, where each different kind of enterprise was situated, where the rail lines were put in. Also on that one is the different boundaries in different years during that period. Accompanying those three maps is text of the period, laying out with broad brush strokes the salient facts of the period. This book kinds of provides the pithy version, while 'Dark Valley' is more colorful, anecdotal, story-telling. Also there are different emphasis, this book doesn't emphasize nearly as much that the reason for the famine was Stalin actually taking the food away from the farmers. This one makes it seem more like it was a failure of farming structures.
So, exactly what I was looking for! Highly recommend for anyone interested in history/related subjects.
And it is *trying* to be not patriarchal, not biased, not from the point of view that White Europe = civilization; via inputs from the rest of the universe. But, of course, doesn't achieve a perspective fully separate from that, there are still blinders and all. Like on India, paraphrased: 'Although England brought many benefits to India, debate still continues on the overall legacy..' with no mention of the partition. etc.. But really does try to approach human activity from the onset of it to today, from an even-handedly global perspective. A great first go at it, for sure! Completely waylaid me tonite, was looking at Italy being in Somalia, then had to see before then, then before then.. fascinating.
Lots of skimming, in concert with 'The Dark Valley', highly recommend!...more
Shaila has a new book releasing, and is doing a book give-away for that. In the meantime, this looks really interesting! Not at MPL though, drat. Or tShaila has a new book releasing, and is doing a book give-away for that. In the meantime, this looks really interesting! Not at MPL though, drat. Or the bigger Hennepin County. Some day though....more
Andrew J. Bacevich, Sr. (born 1947 in Normal, Illinois) is a professor of international relations at Boston University, former directorfrom Wikipedia:
Andrew J. Bacevich, Sr. (born 1947 in Normal, Illinois) is a professor of international relations at Boston University, former director of its Center for International Relations (from 1998 to 2005), and author of several books, including American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy (2002), The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War (2005) and The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008). He has been "a persistent, vocal critic of the US occupation of Iraq, calling the conflict a catastrophic failure."[1:] In March 2007, he described George W. Bush's endorsement of such "preventive wars" as "immoral, illicit, and imprudent."[1:][2:]
His son died fighting in the Iraq war in May 2007.[1:]
I'm watching 'Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,' and he talks about right after 9/11, he realized - oh goodness, what do I do with my cuI'm watching 'Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,' and he talks about right after 9/11, he realized - oh goodness, what do I do with my current play? Do I keep everything as it is? Is it ok still to mention Osama Bin Laden? Because he had written this whole thing about the situation in Afghanistan and the problems about to erupt there and Americans level of engagement etc.. *prior* to 9/11. So, some do actually pay attention. The artists..
I adore Kushner, of course I don't -like- all of Angels in America; similar to 'Fisher King', it's not really something I could -like-, but I greatly appreciate them both. And it's cool, he's coming here to Minneapolis to open his next work, pretty awesome....more