Articles by Martin de Bourmont
Martin de Bourmont studies History and Politics at Mansfield College.

Decrypting the Past
/ June 16, 2013

Decrypting the Past

Martin de Bourmont on the novel as history

A History of Imperial Genocide, From Conrad to Lebensraum
/ May 25, 2013

A History of Imperial Genocide, From Conrad to Lebensraum

Is the True Meaning of Colonial Genocide Too Close to Home

History, War, and the Danger of Boredom
/ May 10, 2013

History, War, and the Danger of Boredom

Martin de Bourmont on what it means to live in "interesting" times

Parallel Universes in the “Red City”
/ May 1, 2013

Parallel Universes in the “Red City”

A Chance Meeting with the Children of a (Failed) Revolution

Saint-Simon’s Promise
/ March 18, 2013

Saint-Simon’s Promise

The political writings of the philosopher Saint-Simon exhibit a remarkable prescience. Is this enough to call him a prophet

Remembering Without Resenting: History and Memory
/ February 21, 2013

Remembering Without Resenting: History and Memory

Concluding a series on historical trauma and collective memory, Martin de Bourmont invites us to examine our own historical horizons

Remembrance: The Other Problem From Hell
/ February 12, 2013

Remembrance: The Other Problem From Hell

With the legacy of genocide still looming large, Rwanda has turned to a traditional judicial method

The “White Negro”
/ January 21, 2013

The “White Negro”

A critique of who the hipster is, and where they came from

Censorship and Revolution: Memory as Liberation
/ December 28, 2012

Censorship and Revolution: Memory as Liberation

Continuing his dissection of the dominant narratives of Kenyan independence, Martin de Bourmont turns to a revolution fought with paper and ink

Censorship and Revolution: Memory as Prison
/ December 10, 2012

Censorship and Revolution: Memory as Prison

Decades later, Western narratives of Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion are in dire need of reassessment