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Mandarin Idioms, Ouyang Xiu and Medieval and Modern China

Sloganeering and some literary history in China – real sightseeing stuff today.

Review: Niall Ferguson, “Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe”

Doom ultimately fails for lack of substance. Though it attempts a history of catastrophes, it ends up more like a literature review of intellectual traditions which might be applied to understanding catastrophe. He swings from big name to big name, one field to the other, summarizing their findings and asking the reader to go “Hmm!” but never brings the juice of historical evidence to bear on his broad theory.

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