by E.H. Carr ; with a new introduction by Jonathan Haslam
The thirty-two far-ranging historical and biographical essays written between the years 1949 and 1978, which make up this collection, illustrate in one way or another the divergences of thought and attitude in Carr's post-Second World War world from those prevailing in the world before the war of 1914 and the Russian revolution, in which the author grew up. Jonathan Haslam's new introduction places this whole range of works in their contemporary context for today's audience. The essays include fascinating picture portraits of figures, both major and minor, from the 19th and 20th centuries, some of whom Carr knew at first hand. The reader will also find studied reflection on the major events and their impact including the Paris peace settlement of 1919 and the legacy of Stalin in Russian history. Carr is always lucid, with a taste for controversy. Novices, fans and critics alike will therefore not be disappointed.