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Susan Pedersen: Interwar Antagonisms, 7 March 2024

Against the World: Anti-Globalism and Mass Politics between the World Wars 
by Tara Zahra.
Norton, 352 pp., £14.99, March, 978 1 324 07520 2
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... but also perhaps because they knew they could use those wartime controls to build social democracy.Tara Zahra’s Against the World is a more ambitious and capacious version of my blackboard exercise. We tend to see the unstable interwar era through its sharp political antagonisms, she writes – as ‘a battle between fascism and communism, democracy and ...

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Natasha Wheatley: Habsburg History, 30 August 2018

The Habsburg Empire: A New History 
by Pieter Judson.
Harvard, 567 pp., £17.95, September 2018, 978 0 674 98676 3
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... has been to undermine the claims of nationalists. The Chicago professor (and Judson student) Tara Zahra argued in her book Kidnapped Souls: National Indifference and the Battle for Children in the Bohemian Lands 1900-48 (2008) that many Habsburg citizens were seized not by nationalist passion but ‘national indifference’: they thought ...

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