Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great by Robert K. Massie

By Robert K. Massie

From colonial disputes, mystery treaties with former foes, high-wire international relations, and tit-for-tat development of the terrifyingly strong dreadnought battleships. DREADNOUGHT is a dramatic new edition of the diplomatic and army brinkmanship that preceded, and made inevitable, the outbreak of the 1st international war.

Massie brings to vibrant lifestyles such historic figures because the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the younger, bold, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, sycophantic Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow, and so on. the connection among Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm is especially fascinating. Wilhelm's admiration, or even envy, for every thing British, was once to play an immense half within the occasions to return. Their tale, and the tale of the period, jam-packed with misunderstandings, ignored possibilities, and occasions resulting in unintentional conclusions, unfolds like a Greek tragedy in his strong narrative. in detail human and dramatic, DREADNOUGHT is historical past at its most...

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At best, each of these projects involved a selective hearing of the Laca­ nian lesson. To be a Lacanian in the Maoist Gauche proletarienne, for in­ stance, meant hearing echoes of the Maoist dictum that "the One divides into Two" in Lacan's critique of that falsely unifying knowledge he calls the semblant. 2 Above all, it meant living the adventure of Mao's China, as an ostensibly democratic society under the shadow of a larger-than-life rebel leader, from within the confines of Lacan's School.

May thus comes to appear neither as a failed revolution nor as a ruse of capital­ ism, but as "a great reformist revolt, a democratic insurrection" (Joffrin, 321). "May '68," write Ferry and Renaut, "has not been a political move­ ment that failed, but rather, quite obviously, a social movement that suc­ ceeded even beyond all prediction" (Itineraires, 56). In short, the function of the May events was to assure the spread of technocracy, a continued ex­ tension of "consumer society," and the standardization of mass culture.

Rarely will its constituent log­ ics be so simply formulated or their conjunction appear so seamless as in Michael Ryan's summary of the New Philosophy: "The Master can never be altogether eliminated because to oppose him is merely to reaffirm his power. And whatever alternative is set up in opposition to the Master will be yet another Master" (Spivak and Ryan, 76). What this simplicity in fact suggests is that the bind itself is a construct, a constative pretext to real work that takes place elsewhere.

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