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Review: Good Italy Bad Italy February 4, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Review: Good Italy Bad Italy

Italy is a total maverick: a country of extremes that breaks all the rules of how a modern western democracy should work and yet that does work and, in many respects, works quite well. Observers from other countries, particularly from the English-speaking world have longĀ  been fascinated by this anomaly. On the one hand, they […]

August 1914: Surprise or Countdown? February 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
August 1914: Surprise or Countdown?

In western memory, particularly in European memory the guns of August 1914 were a long awaited horror: and while the First World War was so much worse than anyone could have possibly imagined – Beach thinks of an earlier Churchill post on the nineteenth century comparing itself with the twentieth – everyone knew it was […]