Category: European History

A Watershed Moment in Naval History

A Watershed Moment in Naval History

Paul Kennedy— The soft, warm waters of the Mediterranean lapped gently against the sides of the two great warships anchored across from each other in Malta’s historic Grand Harbour in… READ MORE

The Musics of Michel Leiris

The Musics of Michel Leiris

Richard Sieburth— Autobiography and autofiction are all the rage in France, viz. Annie Ernaux’s recent Nobel Prize.  Anticipating this trend, ex-surrealist Michel Leiris devoted much of his literary career to… READ MORE

Empires, Wars, Collapse: 1914-2024

Empires, Wars, Collapse: 1914-2024

Iryna Vushko— I was putting the finishing touch on my book on the history of places and people from a hundred years ago and was watching an apocalypse of unprecedented… READ MORE

Making the World at Home

Making the World at Home

Chloe Wigston Smith— Picture this: a young girl sits next to a fireplace, its dim glow brightened by warm candlelight. Her head is bent, and her eyes study the piece… READ MORE

The Sky Turns Black from Smoke

The Sky Turns Black from Smoke

Marci Shore— The Sky Turns Black from Smoke Close to midnight on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, twenty-one-year-old Misha Martynenko, reeking of smoke, returned to the Kiev apartment he shared with… READ MORE

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