Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, Jason K Stearns, ISBN 978–1–61039–107–8.

The Congo war is sometimes compared to World War I, and the destructiveness and numerous actors do make the comparison somewhat attractive. But what it reminded me of was the US invasion of Iraq and its sequelae: a rapid…

From Deep State To Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution And Its Jihadi Legacy, Jean-Pierre Filiu, ISBN 978–1–84904–546–9

This book analyses the background to, and aftermath, of the Arab Spring: the military despotisms in Algeria, Egypt, Syria and Yemen, with a lesser amount of material on Tunisia and Libya.

The question…

I recently finished watching Deutschland ’83, which I think may have been recommended by a friend, though all I can say for sure is that it had spent some time in my bookmark folder of things to watch. …

Too Like The Lightning; Seven Surrenders; The Will To Battle; all by Ada Palmer.

Several hundred years hence, the world is a very different place. Concepts of gender, religion, family, technology, law and the state have all been rewritten, in response both to cultural and technological changes and to past…

A Savage War of Peace, Alistair Horne, ISBN 978–1–447–23343–5

This is an account of the Algerian War of Independence.

It covers the background quickly: French colonization in the 19th century (an attempt to shore up the Bourbon monarchy, which did not really work), the establishment of the Pieds Noirs (i.e. …

Richard Kettlewell

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