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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: The Great Divergence with Gagan Sood

Share the post "Tocqueville 21 Podcast: The Great Divergence with Gagan Sood" Our discussion with Professor Gagan Sood of the London School of Economics continues this week in the fifth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! Back from the summer hiatus, we’re happy to present the fourth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! Our discussion last week largely concerned the legacy of Fukuyama, a theme that we will continue to some degree this week. However, we will also...

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Ceci n’est pas un Cabri: L’Europe, l’Europe, l’Europe!

Share the post "Ceci n’est pas un Cabri: L’Europe, l’Europe, l’Europe!" Macron’s recalling of France’s ambassadors isn’t so much sound and fury as it is a shrewd move to shape the future of European security, and ensure France’s position at its helm. French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent decision to recall ambassadors to Australia and the United States marks one of the lowest points in a relationship long fraught with fraternal tensions. But the focus of Macron’s...

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Book Review: Shakespeare in a Divided America (James Shapiro)

Share the post "Book Review: Shakespeare in a Divided America (James Shapiro)" James Shapiro, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Our Future (Penguin Press, 2020) In June 2017, New York City’s Public Theater staged a production in Central Park of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Oskar Eustis, as part of the series known as Shakespeare in the Park. There was no subtlety in the play’s allusion to contemporary...

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Revue de presse : 19 septembre 2021

Share the post "Revue de presse : 19 septembre 2021" FacebookTwitterLinkedIn Sur les deux rives de l’Atlantique, les statues font partie du débat actuel sur la mémoire collective. Pour la Vie des idées, Arnaud Exbalin commente Les statues de la discorde, un ouvrage récent de Jacqueline Lalouette qui investigue ce phénomène. Selon Lalouette, les prises de position sur la question sont plus variées que la vision manichéenne qui trop souvent encadre le débat. Le procès...

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New Lows in Old Alliances

Share the post "New Lows in Old Alliances" The surprise announcement on Wednesday, September 15, of a new naval defense partnership between Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom blindsided French President Emmanuel Macron. In 2016, Australia had signed an agreement with French defense company DCNS (now Naval Group), which was complemented by a 2019 Franco-Australian strategic partnership agreement. Not only was France, the world’s third most powerful...

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High Diplomatic Dudgeon

Share the post "High Diplomatic Dudgeon" France is angry. She has recalled her ambassadors from the US and Australia. Yesterday, not one but two major news organizations contacted me for comment. “I can’t help you,” I said, and was surprised when one of them reacted indignantly, saying “We were told you that you had encyclopedic knowledge of French politics. How can it be that you have nothing to say about this?” Well, I’m as susceptible to flattery as the next fellow,...

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: The End of History with Gagan Sood

Share the post "Tocqueville 21 Podcast: The End of History with Gagan Sood" Back from the summer hiatus, we’re happy to present the fourth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! This week, we continue our short series examining Francis Fukuyama’s notion of the End of History. Join Tocqueville 21 and Professor Gagan Sood of  the London School of Economics as we Fukuyama’s academic impact, alternative types of historical scholarship, and the rise of Global History. Stay...

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Samuel Moyn’s Humane – Full Forum

Share the post "Samuel Moyn’s Humane – Full Forum" ** Last week, Tocqueville 21 published a book forum consisting of four reviews of Samuel Moyn’s new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War followed by a response from Moyn. We have now compiled the full book forum (with an introduction) as a PDF. ** In the aftermath of the United States military’s chaotic withdrawal after a twenty-year occupation of Afghanistan, few deny that America’s...

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Next Steps

Share the post "Next Steps" After nearly four years with Tocqueville 21, I am stepping down from my role editing the blog. Already for much of this past year, my role has been a bit more behind the scenes, helping coordinate some of the changes we’ve been making to the blog’s format. And starting in early October, I’ll be starting a new position as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Chicago, and though I have been tempted to continue editing during my spare time, experience...

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