- How a burning cathedral rebukes a divided Catholic Church Ross Douthat, New York Times
- Bombay’s 19th century factory workers Arun Kumar, Aeon
- Why the European Elections will be painful to watch for some Remainers Simon Wren-Lewis, mainly macro
- John Mearsheimer’s nationalist straight jacket Paul Miller, Law & Liberty
Lucas had a busy, productive 2018 elsewhere, but he assures me that 2019 will be the year he gets back on track for blogging. I’ve uploaded his 2013 book on the rise of the state in the early modern period (“Do Império ao Estado: Morfologias do sistema internacional”) to the side bar, or you can access the whole thing here (pdf).
I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to Dr Freire’s thoughts!
Elsewhere, Garreth Bloor has paid a glowing tribute to Edwin’s lifelong work on international relations over at Law & Liberty. The context is in a review of Yoram Hazony’s recent book on nationalism, and I don’t actually agree with much of what Bloor says, but it’s really cool to see Edwin’s important work getting the attention it deserves.
- Gilets Jaunes and the age of commuter democracy Andrew Smith, Age of Revolutions
- Victor Klemperer’s dispatches from interwar Germany Peter Gordon, the Nation
- Harold Demsetz (1930-2019) and UCLA price theory Peter Boettke, Coordination Problem
- The rise and fall of the British nation Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement
- On being black in Baltimore Olga Khazan, the Atlantic
- What Europeans talk about when they talk about Brexit London Review of Books
- Time to worry James Grant, Weekly Standard
- The English question Paul Harris, Aeon
The Truman assassination attempt by Puerto Rican nationalists is the topic of my Tuesday column over at RealClearHistory. An excerpt:
Torresola and Collazo didn’t have much of a plan. They took a train from NYC to D.C. and approached Blair House, planning to shoot their way to Truman. Torresola walked up to the guest house and shot guard Leslie Coffelt four times at point-blank range, and Collazo started a gun fight with several guards. Torresola tried to find Collazo, leaving Coffelt for dead, but Coffelt somehow managed to get off a shot and it hit Torresola in the head, immediately killing him. Collazo was shot several times but managed to survive. It was the heaviest and longest gun fight in Secret Service history.
Please, read the rest.