Simon Doubleday

Diary

November 3, 2017

Gender and Power in the Premodern World

Delighted to be part of the board overseeing a new book series for ARC Humanities Press, "Gender and Power in the Premodern World".

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November 3, 2017

Q and A with readers of The Wise King

Informal questions and answers with a widely varied group of readers of The Wise King, for Deciphering Secrets, Prof.

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November 3, 2017

A peaceful solution to the Catalonia crisis?

When dialogue was still an option....

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October 22, 2016

Chronicle of a Debate (Crónica de un debate)

My three-part coverage of the US presidential election debate at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY), in late September 2016, is now available in English (Parts I, II, and III); or in Spanish (I, II, III).

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August 16, 2016

Beyond a Joke?

From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries.

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July 21, 2016

Yes we can–and we must

The meltdown of the British political system in the wake of the June referendum offers an opportunity, unprecedented in our lifetimes, for political creativity.

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July 18, 2016

How to escape from jail

On a whim, during a recent visit to Foyles in London, I picked up an enticing volume—Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography (Elliot and Thompson, 2015).

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July 3, 2016

The Island

‘We have been an island for hundreds of years” – commentator on BBC news, June 2016.

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July 2, 2016

Sicily / London: thinking about violence and empire  

Earlier this week, I walked through the heart of post-Brexit, pro-Remain, cosmopolitan London to the Sicily: culture and conquest exhibit at the British Museum.

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November 18, 2015

Kilpeck

The man in the poetry bookshop told us: “Kilpeck is so difficult to find, they missed it when they were writing Domesday Book”.

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