The other half of the authoritarianism story

Geoffrey Hosking, a historian of Russia and Emeritus Professor of Russian History (UCL), reviews “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Anne Applebaum. TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY: THE SEDUCTIVE LURE OF AUTHORITARIANISMby Anne ApplebaumDoubleday, 21 July 2020 At the turn of the millennium, Anne Applebaum and her husband Radek Sikorski (at that time working in the … Continue reading The other half of the authoritarianism story

Stray thoughts on British electoral politics and the Jews

Michael Berkowitz reflects on the role of antisemitism and issues concerning Jews in the ongoing election, and on how the history of Jews in Britain might guide the perplexed. 

Britain’s politics has to some extent engaged various Jewish questions even when there was no official Jewish community between 1290 and the mid-seventeenth century. This electoral season has been unusual for the degree to which issues concerning Jews, and antisemitism in particular, have played a significant part in the political discourse.

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