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Intelligence Matters

Intelligence Matters Charmian Brinson & Richard Dove, A Matter of Intelligence: MI5 and the Surveillance of Anti-Nazi Refugees 1933-50 (2014) Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2015, Notes, Name Index, pp. 239, ISBN 978 0 7190 9079 0. Reviewed by Dr Frank … Continue reading

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Inside Putin’s Russia

Inside Putin’s Russia Frank Ellis reviews a timely but one-sided account Peter Pomerantsev, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia, Faber & Faber, London, 2015, ISBN 978-0-571-30801-9 Unlike Anne Applebaum, who is cited on the rear … Continue reading

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First Total War

 First Total War Frank Ellis confronts the dark side of modernity Alexander Watson, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918, Allen Lane, London, 2014, with maps, photos, notes, bibliography and index. ISBN 978-1-846-14221-5 Vielleicht opfern wir auch uns für … Continue reading

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Hell freezes over

Hell freezes over LESLIE JONES is engrossed by a wide-ranging analysis of an iconic battle The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army Frank Ellis, 2013, University Press of Kansas, 512 pp., hb., US$39 According to … Continue reading

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Evil in the east – communism’s European legacy

Evil in the east – communism’s European legacy FRANK ELLIS finds much to admire in a survey of postwar communist totalitarianism Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56 Anne Applebaum, Allen Lane, London, 2012, xxxix + pp.498, maps, photos, … Continue reading

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“Me too” history

“Me too” history FRANK ELLIS finds that the best that can be said about a new biography of Hitler is that it adds nothing to our understanding Hitler: A Short Biography A. N. Wilson, Harper Press, London, 2012, pp.190, Notes, Bibliography … Continue reading

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The half-hearted “wars” on terror by Frank Ellis

The half-hearted “wars” on terror FRANK ELLIS finds a chronicle of post-9/11 confrontations marred by postmodernism and wishful thinking The 9/11 Wars Jason Burke, Allen Lane, London, 2011, xxi + pp.506 + Illustrations, Maps, Notes, Bibliography & Index What Jason … Continue reading

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Remembering Russia’s Vietnam

Remembering Russia’s Vietnam FRANK ELLIS remembers the tortuous Soviet attempt to subjugate Afghanistan Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89 Rodric Braithwaite, Profile Books, London, 2011 “This film is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan” (Rambo III, 1988) Afgantsy is … Continue reading

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Phil Rushton remembered – guest article by Frank Ellis

Professor J. Philippe Rushton 1943-2012: May his memory be a blessing Consilio et animis Guest article by FRANK ELLIS There is a certain type of scientist, writer, philosopher and very rarely a politician for whom the pursuit of truth really … Continue reading

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Philofax

Philofax Supporters of Israel routinely call Israel’s critics anti-Semitic, as “historian” Karl Radl reminds us (Semitic Controversies, “The Insane Philo-Semitism of the Quarterly Review”, 11th January 2012). Radl thinks that the assignation anti-Semitic should be used more sparingly. For example, … Continue reading

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