Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild
Adam Hochschild
  • Born: October 5, 1942
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Journalist

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Adam Hochschild is an American author, journalist, historian and lecturer. His best-known works include King Leopold's Ghost (1998), To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918 (2011), Bury the Chains (2005), The Mirror at Midnight (1990), The Unquiet Ghost (1994), and Spain in Our Hearts (2016).

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… the birth of a viable, truly democratic civil society is usually a slow and difficult business. For Western Europe to move from the Holy Roman Empire and the panoply of duchies and principalities and mini-kingdoms to its current patchwork of nations took centuries of bloodshed States. Nations & Nationhood
Contrary to the myth of untrammeled free enterprise, this expanding industry was fueled at every stage by government intervention.. Development & Growth
Every dictatorship creates thousands of smaller dictators who live on for decades. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
In China, the Communist Party’s suppression of free trade unions keeps cotton workers’ wages down, just as British law in the early 1800s saw to it that men and women who abandoned their ill-paid jobs and ran away could be jailed for breach of contract. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
In Uzbekistan, up to two million children under 15 are put to work harvesting cotton each year — just as the mills of St. Petersburg, Manchester and Alsace once heavily depended on child labor from poorhouses and orphanages. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is wrong to blame the problems of today's Africa entirely on colonialism. Much of history consists of peoples conquering or colonizing each other. Yet, from Ireland to South Korea, countries that were once ruthlessly colonized have nonetheless managed to build reasonably just and democratic societies. Development & Growth
King Leopold himself wrote thousands of letters and memoranda that reveal his lust for colonies and profits. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Major religions usually remain major because they sanctify whatever is the social stricture of the day. Religion & God
The search for more good cotton-­growing soil in areas that today are such states as Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma was a powerful incentive to force Native Americans off their traditional lands and onto reservations, another form of violence by the “military-cotton complex”.. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious. War & Peace
For the better part of two centuries, outsiders have been offering explanations that range from racist to learned-sounding - the supposed inferiority of blacks, the heritage of slavery, overpopulation - for why Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
I think that, in almost all human beings, there is buried a profound tribal instinct that makes us very susceptible to being aroused to patriotic fervour.
I think the tradition of well-written history hasn't been squashed out of the academic world as much in Britain as it has in the United States. History
Newt Gingrich seldom misses a chance to note that he is a historian.
No international court can ever substitute for a working national justice system. Or for a society at peace. Society ;War & Peace
Someday, I have no doubt, the dead from today's wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss and folly as those millions of men who lie in the cemeteries of France and Belgium - and tens of millions of Americans will feel a similar revulsion for the politicians and generals who were so spendthrift with others' lives.
The first World War in so many ways shaped the 20th century and really remade our world for the worse. War & Peace
Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force

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