Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review Essay: Understanding World War I

The following first appeared in Against the CurrentJuly-August 2016, No. 183

Understanding the Cataclysm

— Allen Ruff 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Debs for His Time and Ours

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A World Made More Unsafe: African Americans, World War I & the Shaping of the 20th Century

— Allen Ruff

Friday, August 1, 2014

World War I and Its Century

As the centenary of World War I begins...

[The following is a slightly revised version, with photos added, of a piece that I wrote for Against the Current (#171, July/August 2014)]

In his Age of Extremes, the great Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm marked the start of World War I in August, 1914 as the beginning of the “short twentieth century.” In his account, that short century ended with the reunification of Germany and the breakup of the Soviet “East Bloc” in 1989-90. The “Great War” of 1914-1918, he argued, was the defining event of the century.