Geoffrey Barraclough (1908–1984) was a British historian.


Date Palms and Elephant Tusks

Cross-cultural Trade in World History

by Philip D. Curtin
Some time around the middle of the twelfth century, perhaps in AD 1160, the Welsh tenant of an English (or more accurately Anglo-Norman, and probably French-speaking) landlord agreed to pay an annual rent of three ivory dice for his holding of five acres. What, if you stop to think about …

Return of the Natives

Europe and the People Without History

by Eric R. Wolf
“Macro-history,” so long discredited, is back in favor, but not the sort we used to associate with the name of Arnold Toynbee. Today it takes the form of long, sophisticated books, frequently with a distinctly Marxist flavor, tracing the story of the transformation of Europe from a marginal frontier of …

Clockwork History

Power and Civility: Volume II of "The Civilizing Process"

by Norbert Elias, translated by Edmund Jephcott
Norbert Elias is one of those shadowy figures, not uncommon in our ambivalent society, hovering indecisively on the nebulous frontier between obscurity and fame. In this respect his position is not unlike that of Eric Voegelin, another octogenarian German scholar, who also was a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, though in …

Goodbye, Hitler

The Nazi Question: An Essay on the Interpretations of National Socialism (1922-1975)

by Pierre Ayçoberry, translated by Robert Hurley
I have myself heard enough about Hitler and the Nazis for a long time to come, and this thought-provoking book by the French historian Pierre Ayçoberry, admirably translated by Robert Hurley, has only reinforced my prejudice. The Nazi Question is not, thank goodness, still another history of Nazi Germany; we …

The Nazi Boom

The Bunker: The History of the Reich Chancellery Group

by James P. O'Donnell

On Trial at Nuremberg

by Airey Neave
“It all reads like a movie scenario,” writes James P. O’Donnell at one point, as he recounts the lurid goings-on in Hitler’s underground bunker in Berlin in 1945—the wish, no doubt, being father to the thought. The same verdict, unfortunately, applies to far too much recent writing about Nazi Germany.