Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


Back to the Future, with Barack Obama

Barack Obama is now the repository of the hopes and dreams of all those cosmopolitans and sophisticates who still see Iraq as a disastrous mistake, the war on terror as a fiction, and a return to the Bill...

Robert S. Singh, Timothy J. Lynch | 1 Jul 2008

The War Crimes of George W. Bush

Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice is one of the most outspoken critics of the Bush Administration. In his June 24 column, he picks up a couple Cambridge law titles that hammer home Bush’s legal sidestepping. “In...

30 Jun 2008

The Cost of Abuse

Recent news media has swarmed over the high costs of Texas’ raid on the FLDS Zion ranch, and on placing hundreds of children in foster homes. What are the real costs, however? Crunch the numbers,...

27 Jun 2008

Darwin Letter Friday

UPDATE 7-25: Check out this week’s letter: Darwin Builds a Fort! Charles Darwin was a typical teenager. He thought that some of his teachers were full of crap, and wasn’t afraid to say so (at...

27 Jun 2008

The Back-handed Apology

What is it, you ask? It’s one of my personal favorites. It’s apologizing, but not really. In fact, it’s apologizing for someone else instead of for your own ridiculous behavior. “I’m...

25 Jun 2008

How Kristie Macrakis Got “the Goods”

Further to last week’s Washington Times article about Seduced by Secrets, Harvard Magazine‘s own piece about Makcrakis and her research gives us a glimpse at the woman behind the research behind...

24 Jun 2008

Neil Kent’s Swedish History Smorgasboard

This week — Sweden: the Colonial Power Neil Kent’s Swedish History Smorgasboard brings us tidbits and snippets about a country that many Americans, myself included, sadly know little about....

Neil Kent | 23 Jun 2008

Darwin Letter Friday

Darwin on the Isle of Wight This week in Darwin’s correspondence: June 18, 1858, 150 years ago — Darwin writes to Charles Lyell from the Isle of Wight, a little island 3 miles from the South...

20 Jun 2008

Spoken Word: War Poetry on Quiddity

WUIS program Quiddity, the radio-arm of the literary magazine, devotes an episode to war poetry and soldier-poets. We’ve been reading our share of war poetry here with James Winn and The Poetry of...

19 Jun 2008

Where does the US hedge its bets in Asia?

Historically, it’s been Japan. William Overholt of the RAND Corporation argues that the US stabilized Asia very effectively by developing and allying with Japan post World War II. But is Japan...

18 Jun 2008

How did Cold War-era spies get "the goods"?

Just ask Kristie Macrakis. The Washington Times ran a recent story on a books about spying in the era of the Iron Curtain — both sides, in fact. On the East German side, they discuss Seduced by Secrets. *...

17 Jun 2008

The State of SOL Reform

Pennsylvania is the latest battleground in the reform of Statutes of Limitations for child abusers. Read Marci Hamilton on FindLaw every Thursday There is a national grassroots movement to eliminate the...

Marci A. Hamilton | 13 Jun 2008