Europe

Microreview 29: Les Lames du Cardinal

Pevel, Pierre. Les Lames du Cardinal. 3 vols (Les Lames du Cardinal, L’Alchimiste des Ombres, Le Dragon des Arcanes). Paris, Bragelonne, 2007-2010. ISBN 978-2352944904. Where French fantasy differs from American. 17th Century uchronia, brilliantly renewing the Dumas musketeer universe. Admirably detailed & accurate… Read More ›

MicroReview 25: France Awoke

Trémolet de Villers, Vincent, & Raphaël Stainville. Et la France se réveilla: Enquête sur la révolution des valeurs. Paris: Toucan, 2013. ISBN 978-2810005642. Spectacular account of France’s recent traditionalist insurrection, all but ignored by the world, but which has quite destabilized, almost incapacitated, the sitting… Read More ›

MicroReview 23: Krupp

Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm. Princeton NJ: Princeton UP, 2012. ISBN 978-0691153407. Vastly informative, if over-loyal, history of the central corporate player during Germany’s umatched industrial metamorphosis, from late 18th Century to modern, space-ready days. I give ****/5. * (Webfront illustration caption… Read More ›

MicroReview 22: Industrial Enlightenment

Jones, Peter M. Industrial Enlightenment: Science, Technology, & Culture in Birmingham & the West Midlands 1760-1820. Manchester, UK: Manchester UP, 2013 (2008). ISBN 978-0719089121. Outstanding academic analysis & survey of the lush intellectual environment around key Industrial Revolution pioneers during the late… Read More ›

MicroReview 20: Mining in World History

Lynch, Martin. Mining in World History. London: Reaktion Books, 2002. ISBN 978-1861891730. Historical narrative of mining & metallurgy from Renaissance to our age, illuminating its vast political, economic, & technological ramifications. Thoughtful, informative, reads like a novel. I give ****/5. * (Webfront photo caption & credit… Read More ›

Radical Traditionalism: 3 New Highlights in Anglo-American Education

Anyone interested in Europe’s continued intellectual & technological development should pause before 3 exceptional higher education initiatives here in 2012. All are conspicuous for their bizarre but not unconvincing blend of radical vigour with stodgy traditionalist caution. 2 are American (cited for inspiration), the last is British. 1) New York City’s “game-changing” tech… Read More ›

MicroReview 16: Candide

Voltaire. Micromégas, Zadig, Candide. Paris: GF Flammarion, 1994, 2006. ISBN 978-2080712936. 3 tales. Far most forceful & glorious is Candide, presciently written near the time of Voltaire’s own move to Ferney. Micromégas is also worth a read as early science-fiction. I give *****/5.