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What If?: Counterfactualism and the Problem of History
What If?: Counterfactualism and the Problem of History
by Jeremy Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Spiegel im Spiegel, 24 May 2015
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A very handy summary of the use of counterfactuals in history and the reaction of historians to them. Black takes us into the opposition to the use of counterfactuals, notably by historians of the Left who see them as reactionary responses to lost battles (more "If only..." than "What if...?"). This sort of thing always seems to involve Hitler, the Confederacy or Napoleon; all causes distant from the heart of the Left. As Black demonstrates this sort of Jacobite yearning is not the only use for counterfactuals. We all examine the "Road Not Taken" in large and small matters, sometime by explicitly formulating the "What if..." question, in other cases doing so implicitly by examining what alternatives were rejected. Black's list of counterfactuals is vast (from Labour Defence Secretaries to Finnish academics) with the interesting idea that counterfactuals are a Western concept.

Compared to Ned Lebow's attempt (Arduke Franz Ferdinand Lives) to categorise the "valid" use of counterfactuals in history Black is must less prescriptive though he points out many of the difficulties noted by Lebow. The result is less formed but fizzing with ideas.


MEN'S GENUINE LEATHER TRAVEL WASH GYM TOILETRY BAG (BLACK) - 3510
MEN'S GENUINE LEATHER TRAVEL WASH GYM TOILETRY BAG (BLACK) - 3510
Offered by WALLETS KING
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 May 2015
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At last I can get rid of the old washbag I had since before I came to London. Very smart and roomy with a practical rectangular shape.


The Very Best of Arvo Part
The Very Best of Arvo Part
Price: £9.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror In A Mirror, 21 May 2015
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I was led to Arvo Part via "My Heart Is In The Highlands" from the soundtrack of "The Great Beauty"; and it is a journey I am glad I started. The steady but simple "progressions" (if that is the correct term) are ones even I can follow and be involved in. The effect is of great beauty and great calmness.


Winter's Bone [DVD]
Winter's Bone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Lawrence
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £7.13

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5.0 out of 5 stars That's Cuz You're Smart, 19 May 2015
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This review is from: Winter's Bone [DVD] (DVD)
Set in the Ozarks this is a tale of a family pared back to nothing but their woods and their friends and family. When the father vanishes he puts the whole family at risk with his bail bond being secured on the house and land. His daughter must search for him; facing the Missouri version of omerta. A very involving piece, well acted and paced, set in an environment usually reserved for slasher movies and Redneck-baiting.


Maigret - Volume 1 10 DVD Set ( Les scrupules de Maigret / Maigret et l'inspecteur Cadavre / Les petits cochons sans queue / La maison de Félicie / Signé Picpus / Maigret et l'ombre chinoise / Maigret
Maigret - Volume 1 10 DVD Set ( Les scrupules de Maigret / Maigret et l'inspecteur Cadavre / Les petits cochons sans queue / La maison de Félicie / Signé Picpus / Maigret et l'ombre chinoise / Maigret
Dvd ~ Bruno Cremer
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Price: £50.68

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recreation Of The Novels That Takes Its Time, 13 May 2015
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At last Maigret recreated with the sort of care that the David Suchet Poirot films have enjoyed. Each episode has the capacity (because it is longer than the usual TV fare) to move at the right speed. Maigret in the novels is notable for his solidity and his calmness, the latter requires more time than (say) a snappy film noir with one-liners peppering the script. Bruno Cremer has exactly the solidity, courtesy and calm cunning that we expect from Maigret, a real farmer's son.


Destructive and Formidable: British Infantry Firepower 1642 - 1765
Destructive and Formidable: British Infantry Firepower 1642 - 1765
by David J. Blackmore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Give Them Hot Stuff!, 12 May 2015
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The history of everyday things is made difficult by their mundane nature, people tend to record the unusual not the quotidian. The practices by which English (and later British) infantry units gave fire at platoon level may well come within this class. These are the bottom-feeders of military history; yet without some understanding of these practices (and how they differed from England/Britain's enemies) one is missing a trick as one rises up the pyramid from soldier to King. The author has chosen to look not at the Napoleonic era (where to all too often discussions migrate) but the period from 1642 to 1765. This has less in the way of soldiers' accounts but plenty to be getting on with, and this is an opportunity to visit the less well-known battles and campaigns. He produces most satisfyingly a line of argument reaching across the period .


Stand Up Guys [DVD]
Stand Up Guys [DVD]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.19

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Zimmer Frame Up, 7 May 2015
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A gangster movie for old geezers as Al Pacino gets out of the slammer to face the revenge of his former boss. A strange mixture of violence, erectile dysfunction and saccharine sentiment, saved by Christopher Walken's quiet acting.


La Scorta
La Scorta
Dvd ~ Luigi Maria Burruano
Offered by d-uk
Price: £6.67

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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking A Bullet, 7 May 2015
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The practical life of an Italian magistrate combating the Mafia and his police escort. It's a grim piece with no happy endings but very engaging.

This version is only in Italian


Finally, Sunday [Blu-ray]
Finally, Sunday [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Fanny Ardant
Price: £6.75

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry Up Sunday, 4 May 2015
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A light whodunnit in which the lovely Fanny Ardant tracks down the truth behind claims her boss murdered his wife. Set firmly in a Maigret world of clubs, heavies and working girls, and with a Hitchcockian tone as Ardant plays a Katherine Hepburn role this is never going to be a realistic film noir. Its romantic end seemed particularly unbelievable (though it fitted the off-screen romance between star and director) and Truffaut seemed to have deliberately played Ardant against shorter male leads which gives a Sigourney Weaver feel to the whole thing.


The Lookout [DVD]
The Lookout [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Auteuil
Price: £9.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiral: The Movie, 2 May 2015
This review is from: The Lookout [DVD] (DVD)
It's a major shootout on the streets of Paris, so it's a heist movie, is it, or maybe it's a betrayal movie, but who is doing it all? And there's something loose in the gang, but what or who? Keep following the clues and rifling through your list of suspects because he's there all the time.


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