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. 1687, Winter

America, North Korea and Iran
THE declared view of the Bush Administration is that North Korea is a rogue state with a record of terrorism. It abandoned a 1994 agreement with the Clinton Administration to dismantle its nuclear programme, expelled inspectors from the International...
A Roman Empire Cruise Such as the Romans Never Had
OUR expedition was billed as a tour of the Roman Empire on a cruise ship with a level of opulence that the ancient Romans never knew, for unless the passenger was Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt, ancient sea voyages were uncomfortable, flea-bitten...
Away in a Manger
LAST year, as every year, I went rather wearily to the school Nativity play. And last year, as every year, the same story was told. An angel in a white sheet told a curiously unsurprised Mary that she was going to have a baby. Joseph, grey-bearded...
British Crime Statistics and the Need for More Prisons
ALL government statements and statistics about crime are a minefield for the British public. They are more often intended to mislead than inform. The recent announcements by Whitehall about the number of serious offences committed by offenders under...
British Multiculturalism under the Spotlight
IN October 2006, Jack Straw, a senior member of the Cabinet instigated a long overdue national debate on the merits of current policies of Multiculturalism. As an MP for a Lancashire constituency with a large number of Muslims, he found that the wearing...
Max Beerbohm: The Aesthete before the Internet
ACCORDING to a recent French study we--all of us--do everything much faster than our ancestors did. We not only travel faster, more frequently and generally further, but walk, talk, shop and eat more quickly. Participation is everything and the 'instant'...
New and Noteworthy
EVERYMAN LIBRARY is among the most prolific producers of fine, hardback editions of titles in the literary canon. Recent issues include Paul Scott's famous Raj Quartet in two volumes. These popular novels were first published between 1966 and 1975....
Puerto Rico: Beyond 'West Side Story'
THERE is a near constant discussion of the current state of the 'American Empire'. [1] The US is now the global superpower, having taken on that role in World War II, largely as the UK's replacement. [2] Additionally, like any imperial power the US...
Reflecting on the EU's Future: An Interview with the Former Commissioner Frits Bolkestein
MOST people talk about the European Union based on their preconceived notions about it. It is rare to get an insight into that body unclouded by platitudes and the obfuscation of Euro-speech. I was fortunate to have an interview with a man who has...
Schism and Russia's Old Believers
IN 1682, in a far-off Siberian settlement, the Alternative Pope, or Protopope, was burned at the stake. He was Avvakum, aged 62, the first apostle and chief campaigner of the Russian Schism. His terrible death came after his fifteen-year incarceration...
Sienese Painting at the London National Gallery
'RENAISSANCE' is so vague a term that trying to date its period precisely is idle. The exhibition, Painting in Renaissance Siena at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1988-9, covered the years from 1420 to 1500, which brought in the supreme Sienese...
The EU and the Roots of British Euroscepticism
IT is not difficult to provide a list of reasons for the high degree of scepticism about the EU in Britain, and to agree that each of them contains an element of truth. We can point to the fact that the UK finally managed to join the EC (as it then...
The Mediterranean Union: Sarkozy's 'Grand Design'
WE are all of us informed by our backgrounds and influenced by our upbringing. Of no-one is this more true than Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France. Erstwhile first generation immigrant, only one quarter French, even this salient factor about...
The Middle East and the Nightmare of Nuclear Proliferation
IRAN has established a string of remote-launching missile bases capable of unmanned precision attacks on Israeli and American targets to deter a projected strike against its nuclear development facilities. Israel has ordered nuclear-capable submarines...
The World of Paperbacks
From PICADOR we have Ralph Pite's Thomas Hardy: The Guarded Life ([pounds sterling]8.99) which was praised in this journal for its attempt to go behind the 'public Hardy', which the author so carefully constructed, to reach the man behind the constructed...