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Entries Tagged as 'John Keegan'

Tamping down, spinning up

June 17th, 2016 · No Comments

“The speed and completeness of the German victory in western Europe in 1940 resulted in the absence of any significant plans for resistance to occupation. Shocked by military defeat and cowed by the full weight of the Nazis’ well-honed forces of repression, opposition to German rule was initially unco-ordinated and small scale. Instead, large sections […]

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Tags: John Keegan · Politics & Law · The Second World War

I dunno, maybe because people are stupid

December 5th, 2014 · No Comments

“The First World War is a mystery. Its origins are mysterious. So is its course. Why did a prosperous continent, at the height of its success as a source and agent of global wealth and power and at one of the peaks of its intellectual and cultural achievement, choose to risk all it had won […]

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Tags: Economics · John Keegan · Lit & Crit · The Great War

They were fat but none too happy

December 4th, 2014 · No Comments

“It is difficult today not to sympathize with the condemnations, worse or better informed as they have been, of the generals of the First World War. In no way—appearances, attitude, spoken pronouncement, written legacy—do they commend themselves to modern opinion or emotion. The impassive expressions that stare back at us from contemporary photographs do not […]

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Tags: John Keegan · Lit & Crit · The Great War

Dying in France and in vain

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

“There is nothing more poignant in British life than to visit the ribbon of cemeteries that marks the front line of 1 July 1916 and to find, on gravestone after gravestone, the fresh wreath, the face of a Pal or Chum above a khaki serge collar staring gravely back from a dim photograph, the pinned […]

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Tags: John Keegan · Lit & Crit · The Great War