Correlli Barnett in the Mail Online
posted by Bodwyn Wook
Correlli Barnett (b 1927) is a conservative although perhaps at times overly-rational English historian who has done irreplaceable work in the study of English [‘British’ — ed] national decline in his trilogy, The Collapse of British Power (1972); The Audit of War (1985); The Lost Victory (1995). I first read his The Swordbearers (1963) at sixteen, in 1965; his influence on my formation as a then-young historical thinker — I am not a professional historian, however — has been deep & it endures. Barnett’s oeuvre is interesting not least because of the irresistible comparisons to be made at least with some aspects of the US policy woolly-mindedness of to-day. A measure of the objective basis of his conservatism is the fact he is no fan, not at all, of the American neo-conservative ‘end of history’ or the ‘terror war’ swindles; decline is decline & no two ways about it.
Here, then, is a link to a series of Barnett’s recent columns in the Daily Mail [‘Mail Online’ — ed]:
I may say that I enjoy Barnett for the same reason as I do Mr Noam Chomsky and the progressive journalist Mr Robert Fisk, for all three in the Eagle Lake, MN, vernacular of my American mother, “give ALL of the dumb sonsofbitches a good swift boot in the ass!”
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[20 July 2013]