Contemporary Review

Founded in 1866, Contemporary Review is a scholarly journal published quarterly. Contemporary Review Company Ltd. owns and publishes this journal, and its editorial headquarters is in Oxford, United Kingdom.Contemporary Review covers a number of topics, including politics, international affairs, literature, art and art history. Its region and its audience are international. Dr. Richard Mullen is the editor; Dr. Alex Kerr is the managing editor; Dr. James Munson is the literary editor; and Anselma Bruce is the associate editor. James LoGerfo, Robin Findlay and Charles Foster are the editorial advisers.

Articles from Vol. 289, No. 1686, Autumn

Blair's Laws: An Audit of a Depressing Decade
MERE numbers sometimes tell a story eloquently. Most civilized nations make laws reluctantly, recognising that any law is a form of violence--a type of coercion by the state which should be avoided if at all possible. To make a lot of laws says a lot....
Broken Flags of Ireland
IT'S easy to think that if I'd not left Ireland, much that strikes me now as curious about the place would never have done so. There's an alluringly simple picture of coming back after years away and seeing things with a fresh eye. Such an image draws...
Cyber Warfare between Estonia and Russia
IT seemed innocuous enough. The grim bronze statue of a Soviet soldier in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, an already uncomfortable presence at the centre of a city no longer under Soviet 'occupation', was relocated last April to the tranquil setting...
End Times for American Liberalism
DESPITE the most blatant violations of civil liberties in American history by a Southern evangelical President fighting a never-ending crusade against 'evil' itself, the three leading Democratic candidates for the 2008 presidential election, Hillary...
France's New President
NICOLAS Sarkozy, Secretary General of the UMP, succeeded President Jacques Chirac, as President of France on 16 May, becoming the sixth President of the Fifth Republic and the thirty-seventh overall. He defeated his Socialist Party (PS) rival, Mme...
French Seascapes and Dutch Portraits in London
THE Royal Academy has added a copious sequence to its The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings. There one witnessed his liberation from the painstaking but mirthless caricatures he drew during his late schooldays at Le Havre, and such heavily painted...
Poetry as the Conscience of Society
A SUNDAY service from Manchester on BBC Radio reawakened the old debate of the rivalry between religion and politics in making the world a better place. The role of poetry was alluded to in that service, for what are hymns, if not religious poems,...
Rural Poverty in Kenya
MARGARET Kitetu has seen many faces of poverty during her sixty years, but she says the worst was a drought so bad that some in her poor rural community hunted stray dogs for food. In her locality, where the Katelembo community of 250,000 forms...
The Association of South East Asian Nations
THE reason that textbooks use the European Union as the standard example of a regional organization is that it effectively is the only such successful regional organization. The second most successful organization--the Association of South East Asian...
The 'Sick Man of Europe' Resurges
THE row between Britain and Russia over Moscow's refusal to extradite Andrey Lugovoy, the former Russian security officer accused of fatally poisoning his ex-comrade Alexander Litvinenko last year in London, has evolved into a diplomatic stalemate...
The Tommy Dorsey Musical Legacy
WHAT does an historian of France do for a break in his endless summer of history--of books and data? Music is always a nice shift of gears, and an advertised Tommy Dorsey band concert seemed like a good idea; however, this historian has demonstrated...
The World of Paperbacks
PIMLICO has brought out a wide range of new titles. On the biographical front we have Lauro Martines' Scourge and Fire: Savonarola and Renaissance Italy ([pounds sterling]8.99) and Prof. Frederick Brown's highly praised Flaubert: A Life ([pounds sterling]14.99)...
What's Next for Labour? the Brown Succession
CONTEMPORARY REVIEW readers, like many people in the UK and around the world, will have been considering what to make of the recent change at the top of British politics. In June 2007, after ten years as Prime Minister, Tony Blair resigned to be replaced...