Friday's History Notes
Kaustuv Basu, "Big History on Campus," IHE, 7 October, is an update on the curricular development of "Big History".
Thomas Meany, "Getting to Denmark: On Francis Fukuyama," Nation, 5 October, reviews Francis Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.
David Reiff, "The Wrong Moral Revolution: On Michael Barnett," Nation, 5 October, reviews Michael Barnett's Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism.
Bernard Porter reviews Jeremy Paxman's Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British for the Guardian, 5 October.
William Boyd, "John Speke, the greatest Victorian explorer?" TLS, 5 October, reviews Tim Jeal's Explorers of the Nile: The triumph and the tragedy of a great Victorian adventure.
Richard Overy, "Forbidden City," Literary Review, October, reviews Lennart Samuelson's Tankograd - The Formation of a Soviet Company Town: Cheliabinsk, 1900s-1950s.
Sam Leith, "The Adman Cometh," Literary Review, October, reviews John Baxter's The Inner Man: The Life of J G Ballard.
Peter Singer, "Is Violence History?" NYT, 6 October, reviews Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.