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Ideas that add up #182

British artist Benjamin Haydon left a superb picture of these ‘old sweats’ when he saw them at Fontainebleau in 1814, wearing the correct uniform, ‘seamed with scars, elegant,’ ‘More dreadful-looking fellows than Napoleon’s guard I had never seen. They had … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #106

The relative absence in the Chinese tradition of Western-style teleology that assumes a given “end” has encouraged the perception among Western historians that the Chinese, with libraries of carefully recorded yet seemingly random detail, are inadequate chroniclers of their own … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #104

A Portuguese professor has pilloried [insert a certain country] as “one of the most rigid and rotten societies in Europe, possibly the world”. In his book, Bifes Mal Passados* ¬†Joao Magueijo describes the [insert people of that country] as “wild … Continue reading

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