Writing Armageddon

Writing Armageddon
Furious writing or writing furiously?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Reaction "The Habsburg Empire: A New History"

Finished Pieter M.Judson’s “The Habsburg Empire: A New History”

This is a great and meaty book, which I devoured, all 543 pages, including 100 pages of notes. It is more similar to Christopher Clack’s “Iron Kingdom” (another great book), rather than a chronological annal of the history of the Habsburg Empire. It’s central theme was the relationship between the imperial authorities and its peoples, and the ways those peoples tried to articulate stakes on the empire and from the empire. It is a story of the rise of nationalism, but of its rise as a top-down political ideology who struggled to co-opt the imperial state to impose a specific nationalist-statist ideology on peoples who primary identity was localist. It is a great book of politics, showing the empire trying to react to the changes brought by the industrial revolution and the mass politics that continue. It is finally a book that dispenses with the myth propagated by nationalist-statists about the inevitability of their favored systems of nationalism-statism, the unitary nation state. The Empire was not doomed to die. Its death was the result of conscious political choices by both imperialists and nationalist-statists, and by a war of choice.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Contributor Publication: K.Travlos "From Universalism to Managerial Coordination: Major Power Regulation of the Use of Force"

My newest publication “From Universalism to Managerial Coordination: Major Power Regulation of the Use of Force” has been published in Volume 17, Issue 2 of  the Asian International Studies Review.

This is an important point in my oldest research project, the study of interstate regulatory regimes in the international system. In my dissertation I began by exploring the consequences of what I termed major power managerial coordination. The idea from this study came from my exposure to the work of Paul Schroeder on the transformation of European politics, that of Peter Wallensteen on universalism and particularism , and the Steps to War theoretical framework.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017. A New Year that demands of us an affirmation of Hope

Disclaimer: This post is a post of political propaganda (some call them activism). I am not speaking in my capacity as an academic or ex-cathedra. What I write he is worth no more and no less than the opinion of any other person alive right now. I am also very bad at writing and at orthography. I have provided an audio version of the post, for those who would prefer that. This is quite euro-centric. I am unavoidably of European descend . Make of it what you will.

2017. A New Year that demands of us an affirmation of Hope
By Konstantinos Travlos

Abstract: The coming year will be a hard one. Already it has begun with dis-heartening events in Istanbul. But we must not lose hope. We must, per Hamlet “make mouths at the invisible event”, affirming our humanity and seeking to positively influence our own, and others, life.

Already 2017 has seen the first terrorist attack in Istanbul. Many of my US friends enter the new year dis-heartened by the prospect of a Trump Presidency. My Greek friends do show their customary bon-vivant not letting the gloom of 2016 cast it shadows on 2017 for them.  It is tempting to be dis-heartened. All of our educated guesses point to 2017 being a less than stellar year. But it is a mistake to attribute to a concept, the year, the actions of humans. And because it is not years, but humans who do things, it is imperative for us to be hopeful.

Audio Version