Donald Sassoon

Donald Sassoon
Queen Mary, University of London | QMUL · School of History

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Hobsbawm regarded Marxism as a research programme meant to investigate events such as the social structure of society revolutionized, the role of productivity, the relation between classes and the wider economy, the international division of labour. Even in early works he examines everything comparatively and counter-factually. The entire planet be...
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In Italy, the term ‘anomalia’ is used by critics of the Italian political system to lament the alleged lack of maturity and modernity of the country. In other countries, such as Great Britain, the United States and France, the term ‘exceptionalism’ is used to highlight, often in a complimentary way, the particularity of the country. This article re...
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Hobsbazm regarded Marxism as a research programme meant to investigate events such as the social structure of society «revolutionized», the role of productivity, the relation betzeen classes and the zider economy, the international division of labour. Even in early zorks he examines everything comparatively and counter-factually. The entire planet...
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It is always problematic to describe a century as the 'age of'. Yet one should be grateful when people stick their neck out and declare what the zeitgeist was, how it arose, and why it could not have been different. Jan-Werner Müller bravely attempts this and provides us with a tour de force. His Contesting Democracy is a classic thought-provoking...
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Introduction. The Left that is the left today is what was called the social democratic left. In its contemporary guise it is no longer in the kind of anti-capitalist mode which still existed thirty odd years ago when Mitterrand's Parti Socialiste faced the 1981 elections promising to begin the long haul out of capitalism, or when the British Labour...
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Introduction National collectivities – like all collectivities – cannot exist without some shared sense of their past. They tell and consume stories about themselves. They explain who “we” are, what “our” history is. As in fairy tales, they establish who the villains and the heroes are. These narratives are formed, evolve, and are challenged by oth...
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Es mag irgendwie merkwürdig erscheinen, dass so mancher die Krise der Europäischen Union beklagt (und so mancher sich darüber freut). Diese Krise ist das Resultat des fehlgeschlagenen Verfassungsprozesses, ihres Scheiterns, zu internationalen Fragen mit einer Stimme zu sprechen sowie der schwierigen und komplizierten politischen Entscheidungsverfah...
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Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? No other painting in the world is recognized so instantly as ‘art’. This article examines the causes of this notoriety: the originality of the painting was recognized by Leonardo's contemporaries; it became part of a royal collection (that of the King of France); it was in Paris, the main...
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Having discarded the ideal-type approach to the definition of socialism, this essay adopts a historical approach, while accepting its limitations. It distinguishes between modernizing socialism (i.e., communism) and socialism as a regulator of capitalist society, and concentrates on the latter, tracing the historical causes for its gradual abandonm...
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Giovanni Gozzini and Renzo Martinelli (1998) Storia del Partito comunista ‘italiano. VII. Dall'attentato a Togliatti all'VIII Congresso (Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore), pp. i‐xviii, 1–659, 80,000 lire.The publication of the seventh volume of the ‘History of the Italian Communist Party’ is a noteworthy event. In the party's often tumultuous history,...
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The First World War had engendered in 1917 the first communist state and, following this, in 1919, an international communist movement. With the exception of the People's Republic of Mongolia no new communist states emerged between the wars. The Second World War provided European communism with a second chance to establish itself as a significant p...
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In July 1929 at the Tenth Plenum of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, Otto Kuusinen devoted his entire report to the so-called ‘fascisation’ of the socialist parties of the Second International. The final resolution indiscriminately identified as the main enemy ‘capitalism, fascism, fascist social democracy including the MacDo...
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The American Fifth and the British Eighth Armies landed in Sicily in July 1943 and began the long and bitter campaign for the liberation of Italy which was to last almost to the end of the war in Europe in summer 1945. Naples was liberated in October 1943, Rome in June 1944, Florence in August, while the general rising of the Italian partisans that...
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Traducción de: The Culture of the Europeans. From 1800 to the Present En esta obra se realiza el panorama cultural de Europa a partir de 1800 y su pretensión es estudiar la misma con una perspectiva global. El autor explica cómo se han creado y distribuido los bienes culturales durante los últimos doscientos años: la producción escrita, las composi...

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