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. 290, No. 1690, Autumn

American 'Culture'-And Its Influence
IT is patronizing to refer to contemporary American culture as somehow a doubtful entity, but perhaps the problem is the word 'culture' itself. Would 'mindset' do better? Maybe. However, we will stick with 'culture', identifying some salient aspects...
Assessing the 2008 Zimbabwean Elections
A roller coaster ... a precipice ... Zimbabwe on a razor edge: just some of the metaphors describing the 2008 election of delays. The elections were held against the backdrop of complete economic disintegration with Zimbabwe suffering from the world's...
CD Review-Johann Strauss Transcribed
Few events have so revolutionised our appreciation of one of the arts as the invention of recorded sound. Before that comparatively few people, especially those who did not live in musical centres such as Vienna or Paris, had many opportunities to...
Columns Commemorating British History
FASHIONS in art and architecture go as regularly as they come. There is a certain charm about a form that has a starting-point and a closure; I think, for example, of memorial brasses in churches: first introduced in the early thirteenth century, they...
Finland's Cold War Legacy
IN his song 'Finland' Monty Python's Michael Palin summarised the country of lakes and forests as 'so sadly neglected and often ignored'. This country of 5.3 million people is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. Obscure as Finland...
George Konrad: A 'Jewish-Hungarian' Novelist Reflects on Neonazism
SURVIVORS of the 1944/45 Budapest Holocaust of Jews, such as myself, still recall with incredulity their own matter-of-fact childhood acceptance of the constant danger of random, casual death. (See Contemporary Review January, 1995 for Irene's Siege,...
Madame Boucher and Madame Chardin
ART is not an ancillary to social history, which is why one is surprised that the current exhibition of the splendours of Boucher and Chardin at the Wallace Collection is designated Masters of Modern Manners, with some emphasis on which figures in...
'Mare Nostrum': The Launch of the Mediterranean Union
'COMETH the hour, cometh the man'. The hour is now, the consideration is that the Mediterranean as a region requires the same political dynamic as the European mainland after Year Zero in 1945. This is where it begins again. The man is Nicolas Sarkozy,...
Quebec's Separation Movement: It Brought Canadian Unity Closer
STRANGELY, when one thinks of the separation movement in Canada's province of Quebec, the thoughts immediately focus on the disaster Canada would have faced had Quebec gone its own way. No one would ever have thought in their wildest dreams that the...
Ten Years On-The Journey towards Peace in Northern Ireland
MANY readers will recall the momentous day just over ten years ago, in May 1998, when the political parties in Northern Ireland agreed to move forward and the Northern Ireland Assembly (Irish: Tionol Thuaisceart Eireann; Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlannn...
The Continuing Plight of Australia's Indigenous Peoples
THE most bewildering aspect of Australia's social and economic life is the continuing plight of the country's Aborigines-or as the preference goes--Indigenous Peoples. How is it possible for one of the world's richest countries to have such obscene...
The End of Cheap Oil
THE world oil price has recently crept close to $150 per barrel, more than doubling in one year. By July it had reached $147.27, and though it has fallen back, it remains at a level that, if sustained and eventually augmented, poses a danger of world...
The Infrastructure of America's Cities
Editor's Note: There has been increasing debate in Britain about the physical condition of most large cities. The election in May of a Tory, Boris Johnson, as Mayor of London has led to much speculation about ways to improve it and other cities. It...
The Serial Killer Phenomenon
THE concept of evil, long devalued, derided, and dismissed by psychiatrists and psychologists, seems to have undergone a measure of re-evaluation. The prolonged contemplation of certain varieties of some mass murderers and serial killers has given...
The World of Paperbacks
PENGUIN BOOKS have brought out an impressive range of titles devoted to recent history. First we have Prof. Sir Ian Kershaw's Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World 1940-1941 ([pounds sterling]9.99), an examination of the decisions taken...
Violent Men Threaten Health Gains in Kenya
As Kenya emerges from months of political crises marked by rape and sexual attacks by men, many women in this east African country say they do not have to be caught up in conflict to experience gender violence. For them such violence is a constant...