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Russia by Philip Longworth: a story of repeated expansion and collapse

Russia: The Once and Future Empire From Pre-History to Putin by Philip Longworth My rating: 4 of 5 stars A knowledgeable survey of the gyrations of the Russian empire. I got this book in 2007 as a research text for … Continue reading

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my election results

A week ago, the day after the U.S. elections, I had my teeth cleaned over at my dentist in Vancouver. While he was inspecting my mouth, to make conversation he said, “And what about the election down south—were you following … Continue reading

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Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin My rating: 3 of 5 stars Inside the thicket of familiar Communist polemic are some thought-provoking and still-relevant insights. In the 1990s I used to read The Globe and Mail, and … Continue reading

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why this office is a poppy-free zone

The democratic state has seldom been tempted to undertake the burdens of empire without suffering from a discordance between its domestic and its foreign policy. Again and again, Thucydides describes the efforts of the Athenians to reconcile their imperialism abroad … Continue reading

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