Book Recommendation

“Conditions of Peace” by E.H. Carr. During his career — which spanned many decades, given that Carr lived for ninety years — Carr was considered by many in the British mainstream as a rogue and reclusive enigma who flirted with Bolshevism, and his thought-provoking pieces in 20th century British newspapers irked many mainstream figures and personalities, including George Orwell, surprisingly. But in reality, Carr was a towering academic and intellectual, as well as a behemoth in terms of sheer contribution to international relations theory. British intellectualism and literature — from the Magna Carta to the work of Shakespeare, Sir Francis Bacon, Percy Bysshe Shelley, D.H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, J.M.E McTaggart, and John Maynard Keynes to name just a few — has been a huge interest of mine for a very long time. I have dabbled in Jewish intellectuals, Iranian intellectuals, as well as American intellectuals. But frankly, my love for British intellectuals and intellectualism exceeds that of any other type.

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