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Jeremy Harding: Who is François Hollande?

13 September 2012
... in the speech in January that set him on the road to the Elysée, Camus would have remained the hapless son of a dead father and a deaf mother. A few weeks after Hollande won the party nomination EmmanuelTodd predicted that the depth of the crisis would force him to serve as a radical president, moving further to the left, just as Mitterrand had moved further to the right. Binet liked the interview ...

I am French

Jeremy Harding

21 January 2016
Who is Charlie? Xenophobia and the New Middle Class 
by Emmanuel Todd, translated by Andrew Brown.
Polity, 211 pp., £16.99, September 2015, 978 1 5095 0577 7
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... may have shared for a moment, but one that’s harder to take now than it was when Mitterrand left the Elysée in 1995. Growing inequality is one of the central preoccupations in Who is Charlie?, EmmanuelTodd’s short, polemical book about what is and isn’t ‘equal’ about France, which parts of the country are historically disposed to egalitarian values while others aren’t, and how the ...

Out of the Cage

Tom Nairn: Popping the bubble of American supremacy

24 June 2004
After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order 
by Emmanuel Todd, translated by C. Jon Delogu.
Constable, 288 pp., £8.99, July 2004, 1 84529 058 5
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Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power 
by George Soros.
Weidenfeld, 207 pp., £12.99, January 2004, 0 297 84906 9
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... In truth it was more of a Magoo-like delusion, initially inflated by the cheap enchantment of millennial economism, and then (after 2001) by the storm-blast of a wounded American nationalism. Both Todd and Soros try to focus on more profound trends, and give different philosophical and anthropological explanations of what globalisation may really be about. Soros is a hero of the capitalist world ...
3 May 2017
... The polls​ in France have Emmanuel Macron, for En Marche! – who led in round one of the presidential vote – heading towards the Elysée by a comfortable margin over Marine Le Pen, for the Front National, in the run-off next Sunday ...

Where’s the omelette?

Tom Nairn: Patrick Wright

23 October 2008
Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War 
by Patrick Wright.
Oxford, 488 pp., £18.99, October 2007, 978 0 19 923150 8
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... the original East-West partition ended may also be significant. There had been a general conviction that it was eternal stage scenery, certain to continue, short of nuclear war. In 1976, however, EmmanuelTodd published La Chute finale, an essay on the decomposition of the Soviet Bloc. He argued that these societies were collapsing internally as a result of their own social modernisation, undermined ...

Cite ourselves!

Richard J. Evans: The Annales School

3 December 2009
The Annales School: An Intellectual History 
by André Burguière, translated by Jane Marie Todd.
Cornell, 309 pp., £24.95, 0 8014 4665 1
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... as the econometric historians then emerging in the US. On Febvre’s death in 1956 Braudel succeeded him as director of Annales and the Sixième Section, and brought in a new generation, among them Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Jacques Le Goff and Georges Duby. The enterprise was based in new premises on the boulevard Raspail, where Braudel founded yet another interdisciplinary research centre, the Maison ...

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