From Napoleon to Stalin and Other Essays

From Napoleon to Stalin and Other Essays

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The thirty-two far-ranging historical and biographical essays written between the years 1949 and 1978, which make up this collection, illustrate in one way or another the divergences of thought and attitude in Carr's post-Second World War world from those prevailing in the world before the war of 1914 and the Russian revolution, in which the author grew up. Jonathan Haslam's new introduction places this whole range of works in their contemporary context for today's audience. The essays include fascinating picture portraits of figures, both major and minor, from the 19th and 20th centuries, some of whom Carr knew at first hand. The reader will also find studied reflection on the major events and their impact including the Paris peace settlement of 1919 and the legacy of Stalin in Russian history. Carr is always lucid, with a taste for controversy. Novices, fans and critics alike will therefore not be disappointed.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139 x 217 x 16mm | 382g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 0333994019
  • 9780333994016
  • 985,989

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'...I rejoice to hail E.H.Carr as the greatest historian of our age.' - A.J.P. Taylor, Observer '...In this volume, Mr Carr...has gathered together a selection of essays and book reviews writtenover the past thirty years. It is astonishing how well they withstand reprinting and the passage of time...Mr Carr has an uncanny knack for reaching to the very heart of a situation or an individual and using this central point from which to display in the round a man or his times or a historical or political theme.' - Lionel Kochan, British Book News '...Every item in this collection displays the virtues which the readers have come to expect from Mr Carr - clarity of expression, a wide range of detailed knowledge and a kind of intellectual tough-mindedness.' - M.S. Anderson, Times Higher Education Supplement

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About Edward Hallett Carr

E.H. CARR who died in 1982 at the age of ninety was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, UK. His books include International Relations between the Two World Wars 1919-1939, The Twenty Years' Crisis 1919-1939, Nationalism and After, The New Society, What is History?, 1917: Before and After, Michael Bakunin, The Russian Revolution From Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929, the fourteen volume History of Soviet Russia and The Twilight of the Comintern 1930-1935. JONATHAN HASLAM is Reader in History of International Relations at Cambridge University, UK. His previous publications include The Soviet Union and the Threat from the East, 1933-41 (1992), The Vices of Integrity: E.H. Carr, 1892-1982 (1999) and No Virtue Like Necessity: Realist Thought in International Relations Since Machiavelli (2002)

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