Colin Kidd: Builder Bees
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Bernard Mandeville saw human sociability as a consequence of society, not its cause. It seemed far from obvious what had enabled the bestial savagery of pre-social man to be transmuted into lasting communal cohesion. Our innate will to dominate others should have produced endless conflict rather than co-operation. Why had this not been the case ..read more
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Andrew O’Hagan: Push Me Pull You
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For a couple of decades, the Beckhams took on the mantle of national aspiration when the royals lost their cool, but too much naked ambition has always been mistrusted in Britain, where the Kardashians are mainly something to laugh at ..read more
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David Goldblatt: Five Ring Circus
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Every ​Olympics since Sydney 2000 has promised to be the ‘greenest games ever’, but the record has been dismal. Beijing’s already toxic air was no better after the 2008 games than before. The Seine is supposed to be clean enough for the first time in more than a century for aquatic events to take place on the river, but recent tests have shown high levels of E. coli ..read more
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Letters
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The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 46 No. 14 (Friday 05 July 2024 ..read more
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Stephen Sedley: Boil the cook
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The predicate of any modern treason law, even in a constitutional monarchy, has to be a mutual obligation of loyalty between citizen and state, not a fealty owed by the individual to the crown ..read more
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David Trotter: You have been warned
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The ‘onset of the movies’, David Thomson argues, may well have proved the ‘most influential’ of all innovations in the ‘process’ of modern warfare ..read more
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Ulinka Rublack: Young Men in Flames
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‘Fine’ art wasn’t distinguished from the great range of decorative and decorated objects with which the Tudors surrounded themselves. This was a world of tapestries and embroideries, plasterwork and panelling, illustrated books and manuscripts, carvings, metalwork, murals and every sort of embellishment ..read more
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Thomas Meaney: Red Power
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By the 20th century, Native dispossession on the continent, excepting reservations won by legal wrangling, was complete. US colonialism meant that Native leaders were faced by the false binary of assimilation or maintaining cultural distinctiveness.  ..read more
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Mélissa Cornet: On Gender Apartheid
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The international community bears a heavy responsibility for the situation faced by Afghan women, having left in 2021 knowing that the country was being taken over by the group they took arms against twenty years earlier. They have allowed the Taliban to become gradually normalised in the extended region.  ..read more
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Rosemary Hill: At the William Morris Gallery
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Mingei absorbed the philosophy and domestic ideal, as well as the production values, of Morris & Co and it encountered many of the same difficulties. A shortening of minshūteki kōgei or ‘art for the people’, it may not have wanted heroes, but it acquired them in a number of strong and sometimes conflicting personalities ..read more
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