From Napoleon to Stalin and Other Essays

From Napoleon to Stalin and Other Essays


By (author) Edward Hallett Carr, By (author) Jonathan Haslam

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 217mm x 16mm | 382g
  • Publication date: 5 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333994019
  • ISBN 13: 9780333994016
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: index
  • Sales rank: 864,706

Product description

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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Author information

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)

Review quote

'...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

Table of contents

Introduction New Introduction for the 2nd edition; J.Haslam PART I: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES From Napoleon to Stalin (1950) Rights and Obligations (1949) The League of Nations (1952) Lloyd George, Churchill, and the Russian Revolution I (1969) Lloyd George, Churchill, and the Russian Revolution II (1974) The German General Staff (1954) PART II: ESSAYS IN RUSSIAN HISTORY The Pan-Slav Tradition (1951) Liberalism in Alien Soil (1958) Rural Russia (1963) Bolsheviks and Peasants (1972) The Third International (1952) Marriage of Inconvenience (1978) The Legacy of Stalin (1976) Jewry under Bolshevism (1970) The Non-Jewish Jew (1968) PART III: PROFILES Kropotkin (1951) Milyukov (1956) Colonel House (1973) Karl Radek (1971) The Legend of Bukharin (1974) James Headlam-Morley (1972) Harold Laski (1953) Karl Mannheim (1953) Lewis Namier (1971) Stanley Morison (1972) PART IV: SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM Early Socialist Thinkers (1953) Socialism and Marxism (1954) Socialist Twilight (1960) Roots of Revolution (1957) The Marxist Credo (1959) Lukacs and Class-Consciousness (1971) Turning to the Right (1966) The Left Today: An Interview (1978) Index