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I think he has written some pretty pro-European and anti-Bush stuff

Yes, he did - but he always argued for close ties across the Atlantic, to the extent that it castrated the pro-European and anti-Bush points he made. As a result, his Bush criticisms could be compared to that of DLC Democrats, and his European vision wasn't confortable. (Back when I read the Guardian every day - 2003 -, I used to read every column of his - but after a while got enough of it.)

No comment on his credentials as historian.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Dec 20th, 2005 at 10:33:04 AM EST
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'No comment', as in: "won't dispute".

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Dec 20th, 2005 at 10:33:49 AM EST
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I used to read every column of his - but after a while got enough of it.)

Me too. Still, I don't think he's on a par with the other Hooverites listed above, ie he's more centrist.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 20th, 2005 at 10:59:12 AM EST
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I don't think he's on a par with the other Hooverites listed above, ie he's more centrist.

Indeed, for a start, he has one leg in Europe, not trampling on Europe :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Dec 20th, 2005 at 11:24:03 AM EST
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He's not really a historian, though he was trained as one and wrote a solid history of Germany's foreign policy as regards Europe - east and west - "In Europe's Name".  His true talent is in writing long essays on current events (much better than his Guardian columns). That's what his book on Solidarity really is, and you can't find a better description of the atmosphere of the Polish and Czech anti-communist opposition than in his essays collected in "Uses of Adversity"
by MarekNYC on Tue Dec 20th, 2005 at 11:37:24 AM EST
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