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Christie Davies

Christie Davies is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Reading and the author of Jokes and Targets (Indiana) and The Strange Death of Moral Britain (Transaction).


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Dec 15, 2014

In Review: Germany: Memories of a nation at the British Museum

The Strasbourg clock, Isaac Habrecht, 1589 The British, like the Americans, know a great deal about German history—all twelve years of it. The objects assembled at the British Museum, many of which are of considerable artistic merit, bring home to visitors how very narrow their knowledge is.



Jun 23, 2014

Kenneth Clark - Looking for Civilisation

John Piper Seaton Delaval," by John Piper 1941Oil on canvas laid on wood; Presented by Sir Kenneth Clark (later Lord Clark of Saltwood) through the Contemporary Art Society 1946, via Tate “Looking for Civilization” is an exhibition devoted to Kenneth Clark (1903–83), a great British scholar, connoiseur, collector, and, above all, patron. Clark greatly helped contemporary British artists in the 1930s and in wartime when he was the Director of the National Gallery in London and also chairman of the War Artists’ Advisory Committee.


Sep 11, 2013

“Propaganda: Power and Persuasion” at the British Library

The organizers of “Propaganda: Power and Persuasion,” on view at the British Library, London through September 17, have tried hard to straddle the two senses in which we use the word “propaganda. ” Persuasion lies at the core of both, but one of them is neutral and signifies nothing more than that those who control the power of the state will always seek to induce people to think and act in a particular way.


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