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By Clachan Bridge

Robin Robertson, 29 November 2007

... For Alasdair Roberts I remember the girl with the hare-lip down by Clachan Bridge, cutting up fish to see how they worked; by morning’s end her nails were black red, her hands all sequined silver. She simplified rabbits to a rickle of bones; dipped into a dormouse for the pip of its heart. She’d open everything, that girl ...

Empires in Disguise

Tom Stevenson, 4 May 2023

Superstates: Empires of the 21st Century 
by Alasdair Roberts.
Polity, 235 pp., £17.99, December 2022, 978 1 5095 4448 6
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... world eventually be consolidated into just a few states, and finally a world state? According to Alasdair Roberts, the trend has been happening before our eyes. By 2050, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population will live in just four polities: India, China, the US and the EU. (By my calculations it’s already over forty per cent – India and ...

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