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Mel Watkins | Karl Polanyi, one of the great intellectuals of the 20th century, argued that the First World War was a nationalist response to the enormous tensions generated by the industrial revolution.
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Jessica Prupas | A roundup of the highlights from the Blogs this week
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Mel Watkins | Stefan Zweig, born in 1881 in Vienna, in its heyday as capital of the Habsburg Empire, became one of the best known and most translated writers of his time, read throughout Europe.
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James Keir Hardie, socialist and founder of the British Labour party
Mel Watkins | Marx and Engels famously wrote: "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." They should have added: "And if you don't pull together, a lot of you will die in bloody wars."