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John Carter Wood
Works at Institute for European History
Attended Downers Grove North High School
Lives in Germany
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Although I'm someone who once had (cautiously) high hopes for the Internet becoming a force for creating a better informed, better connected and more tolerant global public sphere, I have been becoming increasingly aware--like a lot of us--that it's about a...
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Food for thought. And a new book on my wishlist. Thanks for the foodstuff this morning :-)
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Value for money
Something I've just run across in the course of research: a brief passage from a critique of the English [sic*] educational system by Geoffrey Vickers : "Although education costs money and although it shows in the long run an economic return, there is an in...
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"A precipice before which democracy stands"
Something I ran across today during project-relevant research that--given recent events --seemed somehow relevant: “We must be determined to adapt the genuine principles of democracy to mass society, instead of regarding certain democratic devices as sacros...
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Positive reviews of The Most Remarkable Woman in England
Academic reviews, by nature, take a little while to start appearing. I've already noted a few reviews from history journals of my last book, The Most Remarkable Woman in England: Poison, Celebrity and the Trials of Beatrice Pace which appeared at the end of...
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Hotel art #8
Lindner Hotel and Spa (near Speyer), 22 June 2014
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La liberté vint de la mer
The Normandy American War Cemetery and Memorial,  Coleville-sur-Mer (2006) On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, I have to think of two members of my family who were, to varying extents, involved. In going through some of my parents' war-time corre...
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Pasquinades, plethoras and proles
From the conclusion to Will Smith's Guardian review of Rod Liddle's new book: Liddle is a typical petit bourgeois, afraid of either being absorbed into the proletariat he champions, or destroyed by the capitalist bogeyman he excoriates but depends on for hi...
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A couple of recent positive reviews of my book on the Pace murder trial have recently appeared in academic journals. What did they have to say?
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Ye shall know them by their "outstandingly good social and moral fruits"
My current research project deals with some British Christian responses to the European crises of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly the confrontation with 'totalitarianism'. The interactions between faith and 'secularism' was one of the central issues in th...
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Recent publications: violent drunks and overzealous cops
In recent(ish) months a couple of my essays have seen the light of academic day in a pair of fascinating collections. The first actually came out at the beginning of the year: a chapter in a wide-ranging collection on Drink in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth ...
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Hotel Art #7
Part of an occasional series . Hotel Kummer , Vienna Austria (April 2014)
Part of an occasional series. Hotel Kummer, Vienna Austria (April 2014)
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British historian born and raised in America now in Germany. Author of books and articles on crime history. Blogger. Guitarist. And rather good shot.
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