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News International: Britain’s Camorra

July 19, 2011

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An edited version of this article was published on the website Open Democracy as News International: Britain’s Mafia The 2008 film Gomorrah, loosely based on Roberto Saviano’s book of the same name, follows the lives of five people living in the southern Italian city of Naples. Eschewing the tiresome Hollywood format of intertwining stories in which […]

The dangers of romanticising American history

July 5, 2011

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On 4th July The Economist’s Lexington blog published a quote by US historian Bernard de Voto calling American history the most “romantic of all histories” and celebrating this romantic vision as the basis of American achievements. I argue that in fact the tendency to romanticise US history, or more specifically to present America’s rise as […]