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  • Jan Plamper discusses 'The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power'

    Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    The Stalin CultThe Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power is the first book to examine the cultural products and production methods of the Stalin cult. Jan Plamper reconstructs a hidden history linking artists, party patrons, state functionaries and ultimately Stalin himself in the alchemical project that transformed a pock-marked Georgian into the embodiment of global communism. This interview with the author is part of joint project with Russian History Blog. Please visit the blog to join a discussion among several scholars on the significance of the Stalin cult (beginning 28 March 2012).

  • Neil Faulkner reads from his new book 'A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics'

    Thursday, 15 March 2012

    A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient OlympicsWere the ancient Olympic games anything like the competitions we know today? Neil Faulkner's A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics transports us to the games of 388 B.C., providing a lively guided tour of the ancient Greek Olympics and bringing to life the sights and sounds (and smells) of the competition. Reading from his book, Neil Faulkner describes boxing at the ancient olympics, a far more violent and gruesome spectacle than its modern equivalent.

  • Peter McPhee discusses Robespierre on ABC Radio

    Thursday, 16 February 2012

    RobespierreWas Maximilien Robespierre (1758-94) a great revolutionary martyr or the world’s first murderous dictator? Australian author, historian and professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne Peter McPhee provides new insights into the man in his new biography Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life (published by Yale last month). Here he discusses Robespierre's life, upbringing, downfall and his immense and controversial role during the bloody French Revolution.