Chronicles Magazine March 1996

  • REVIEWS

    Farmers and Thinkers

    Between the eighth and sixth centuries B.C. there appeared the polis, the Greek city-state, an elusive entity which nurtured and defined ideals still central to Western European views of all that is "civilized."

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  • REVIEWS

    Lone Star Rising

    In 1972, Bradford rallied to the cause of George Wallace, only to see this last important example of Democratic populism halted by a bullet in the Alabama governor's spine.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Politics of Causation

    There are two popular theories of how the war in Yugoslavia started. Dr. Susan L. Woodward in Balkan Tragedy shows how both are wrong, and gives us a well-documented and convincing history of the causes that led to the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

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  • REVIEWS

    Freedom of Access

    Though the "opening" of the Russian archives is supposed to be a blessing for historians, there are plenty of reasons for skepticism. To begin with, "open" is an inaccurate term. What is available is selective, for so much remains closed, many...

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  • REVIEWS

    Brief Mentions

    Annotations is broad in scope, dealing with the experience of a few generations of poor blacks, though Keene focuses on his own family. A native of St. Louis, Keene draws on his past to depict the travails of ghetto life: the brutality of white...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Age and Criminality

    Although crime has become a major social problem, we could vanquish it without curtailing the liberties of law-abiding citizens, without mistreating suspects or convicts, and without added cost. The only major obstacle is the inertia of legislators.

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