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. 291, No. 1693, Summer

Australian Bushfires
IN the early months of most years, nature reminds Australians of just how fragile is their hold on the land. The brutal reminders can come in the form of floods, tropical storms, strong winds and bushfires. In some years several disasters are simultaneously...
Can Canada Save Its Environment?
UNPREDICTABLE weather events, an ecosystem being eroded, rates of illness, such as lung disease and cancer, are on the increase in Canada and many other parts of the world. Pollution and a vise in greenhouse gases are affecting the health and quality...
East Europeans Opt for Needless Austerity to Battle the World Recession
ALMOST all the developed world ranging from Britain, Western Europe, North America, Japan and Australia are in the grip of a deep recession. With varying degrees of misery all of these places are suffering a decline but increasingly politicians and...
Explaining War, Creating Peace: UK-Sponsored Reforms in Sierra Leone
RECENT rioting and violence in Sierra Leone has returned this West African country to the pages of the international news. Despite the United Kingdom's massive assistance package to Sierra Leone (spanning military and intelligence reform, infant mortality...
Harold Pinter 1930-2008 - a Tale of Two Lives
THE death of Harold Pinter at the age of seventy-eight late last year brought an end to one of the most dramatic careers in world literature. In reality, though, Pinter-the-playwright had died more than a quarter of a century earlier, after which he...
Radio Drama: A British Art
THE imaginative bounds of radio are infinite space. David Mamet has challengingly declared that all radio drama needs is a microphone and the basic means of recording sound. Our age is given to, and driven by, the meretricious sophistication of technology....
Scandals in the Mother of Parliaments
THROUGHOUT the month of May the British public and Parliament have been convulsed by the most extensive political scandal in modern British history. Beginning on 9 May, The Daily Telegraph, which has the largest circulation of the quality newspapers,...
The Changing Image of Vichy in France
IT'S still difficult to assess objectively the issue of Vichy versus Resistance in wartime France, and I myself am daunted by its mille feuille complexity. However, the necessity for distinguishing, and for making careful distinctions, has never been...
The Gas Crisis in the Balkans
IN the night of January 6th--7th at precisely 3.35 a.m.. gas supplies in Bulgaria from Russia were suddenly stopped. In some cities, central heating had to be shut down unless it could use alternative fuel such as gasoil. Some schools were closed for...
The International Criminal Court and African 'Victimhood'
IT would be commonplace, to say the least, to call recent international efforts to rein in authors of some of the worst crimes known to man as the inklings of some 'brave new world". So I won't. I promise. But then again - shall we say - our recent...
The Obama Administration and the Middle East
I must begin with a disclaimer: I have no insight knowledge about the present US Administration. The Bush years were those of a neo-conservative cabal whose mindset was clear from the outset. In the present one, it is President Obama's convictions...
The World of Paperbacks
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS leads this issue's survey of recently published paperbacks with the second volume of A New History of Ireland: II Medieval Ireland 1169-1534 ([pounds sterling]30.00) edited by Prof. Art Cosgrove et al. This monumental, nine-volume...
Whatever Happened to the American Short Story?
RECENTLY, Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, made a controversial statement that American writers 'were too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture'. He added: 'The US is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate...