Daily Archives: December 27, 2018

The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800 (Verso World History Series): Lucien Febvre, Henri-Jean Martin

The emergence of the book was not merely an event of world historical importance, but the dawn of modernity. In this much praised work, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological history, sociology and anthropology, with the study of consciousness itself to root the development of printing in the changing social relations and ideological struggles of Western Europe. Now that the printed page may become a thing of the past, The Coming of the Book is more pertinent than ever.

The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800 (Verso World History Series): Robin Blackburn

The Making of New World Slavery argues that independent commerce, geared to burgeoning consumer markets, was the driving force behind the rise of plantation slavery. The baroque state sought—successfully—to feed upon this commerce and—with markedly less success—to regulate slavery and racial relations. To illustrate this thesis, Blackburn examines the deployment of slaves in the colonial possessions of the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch, the English and the French. Plantation slavery is shown to have emerged from the impulses of civil society, not from the strategies of individual states.

Robin Blackburn argues that the organization of slave plantations placed the West on a destructive path to modernity and that greatly preferable alternatives were both proposed and rejected. Finally, he shows that the surge of Atlantic trade, predicated on the murderous toil of the plantations, made a decisive contribution to both the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the West.

Scientists’ Warning to Humanity & Business as Un-usual

Robert S. McNamara reflects on the Cuban missile crisis, McNam et al.

‘Russian Seasons’ festival in Italy saw 6mn people immerse themselves in Russian culture

#EuronewsNow | “The message he’s sending is that the United States is trying to offload some of its

US Big Banks Are Laundering Money For Terrorist Organizations