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Revolution from Above

Colin Legum, 1 April 1982

The Ethiopian Revolution 
by Fred Halliday and Maxine Molyneux.
Verso, 304 pp., £15, January 1982, 0 86091 043 1
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... than they are to fastening a Marxist system on a reluctant country. However, as Halliday and Molyneux are at pains to point out, conflict between a revolutionary central government and ethnic or regional forces is common in modern social upheavals, as indeed it was in earlier bourgeois revolutions. The French Revolution was strongly centripetal; Cromwell ...

Bring on the hypnotist

Neal Ascherson, 12 March 1992

After the Fall: The Failure of Communism and the Future of Socialism 
edited by Robin Blackburn.
Verso, 327 pp., £32.95, November 1991, 0 86091 540 9
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... top and attack the future in detail are the two writers concerned with what will happen to women: Maxine Molyneux on ‘The “Woman Question” in the Age of Perestroika’ (an acutely topical essay still, even though that age has closed since the piece was written), and Lynne Segal on ‘Socialism, Feminism and the Future’. The closing item is ...

Does one flare or cling?

Alice Spawls, 5 May 2016

‘Vogue’ 100: A Century of Style 
by Robin Muir.
National Portrait Gallery, 304 pp., £40, February 2016, 978 1 85514 561 0
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... crackles. The early photographs, from small plates, are romantic but not at all stiff. The actress Maxine Elliott, photographed by Arnold Genthe in 1917, demonstrates the American mood: gazing upwards, body half-turned in plaintive motion, she clasps the halo of her fur collar with diamond-encrusted hand. Her lips and eyes are heavy with make-up, and the light ...

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