Category: Philosophy & History

Philosophy & History
Wolfe, Alan: The Culture of Cultural Studies

Wolfe, Alan: The Culture of Cultural Studies

[Partisan Review, Summer 1996. © Alan Wolfe] “Cultural studies” is the latest wave to wash over humanities departments in the United States, following French literary theory and the new historicism. Inspired mostly by British writers…

Philosophy & History
Ward-Perkins, Bryan: The Impact of Christianity

Ward-Perkins, Bryan: The Impact of Christianity

From The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. XIII. After Christianity became the usual religion of the emperors from 312 onwards, it spread more rapidly than before through the cities of the empire, and a gradual process…

Philosophy & History
Pirenne, Henri: The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin [3]

Pirenne, Henri: The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin [3]

From H.Pirenne’s «Mohammed & Charlemagne», Dover Publications, INC. Mineola, New York. 3. Venice and Byzantium It may be said that the Islamic invasion was as decisive for the East as for the West of Europe.…

Philosophy & History
Pirenne, Henri: The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin [2]

Pirenne, Henri: The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin [2]

From H.Pirenne’s «Mohammed & Charlemagne», Dover Publications, INC. Mineola, New York. 2. The Closing of the Western Mediterranean So long as the Mediterranean remained Christian, it was the Oriental navigation that maintained commercial intercourse with…

Philosophy & History
Pirenne, Henri: The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin [1]

Pirenne, Henri: The Expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin [1]

From H.Pirenne’s «Mohammed & Charlemagne», Dover Publications, INC. Mineola, New York. 1. The Islamic Invasion Nothing could be more suggestive, nothing could better enable us to comprehend the expansion of Islam in the 7th century,…

Philosophy & History
Pirenne, Henri: The Renaissance and the Transormation of Social Life to the North of the Alps

Pirenne, Henri: The Renaissance and the Transormation of Social Life to the North of the Alps

From “A History of Europe”, translated by Bernard Miall, Anchor Books, © University Books Inc There was, it seems, a rather striking difference between the intellectual evolution of Italy during the Renaissance and that of…

Philosophy & History
Morris, Roderick Conway: the first rebirth of Roman culture

Morris, Roderick Conway: the first rebirth of Roman culture

RIMINI, Italy 4 July 2008 In December 1231, the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II passed through Rimini. An inscription commemorates the event, noting that his entourage included “elephants, camels and other monstrous beasts.” Other contemporary…

Lefkowitz, Mary: The Myth of the Egyptian Mystery System

[From her book: Not Out of Africa: how afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history, Basic Books] IN MODERN EUROPE and the European diaspora, lodges are the designated meeting-places of Freemasons and groups…