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Prisoners of Time by Christopher Clark review – bravura examination of political power

How do leaders, regimes and empires maintain control?

An acclaimed historian teases out the truth to exhilarating effect

  • Andrew Antony
  • The Guardian

he Australian historian and Regius professor of history at Cambridge, Christopher Clark, is best known for his commanding study of the origins of the first world war, Sleepwalkers.

The historian Thomas Laqueur admiringly observed that it was not only the best book on the subject, “but a brilliant and intellectually bracing model for the writing of history”.

In this new collection of essays, Prisoners of Time, Clark displays that brilliance and bracing intellect to exhilarating effect. He is not only a…

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