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Volume VII, Number 4 | fall 2014


In 1863, four years before publishing the first volume of Das Kapital, Karl Marx wrote to Friedrich Engels that apart from “the discoveries of gunpowder, the compass, and the printing press—these necessary preconditions of bourgeois development—the two material bases on which the preparations for machine industry were organized within manufacture...were the clock and the mill.” He elaborated: “The clock is the first automatic machine applied to practical purposes, and the whole theory of production of regular motion was developed on it.”

The appointed thing comes at the appointed time in the appointed way.

- Myrtle Reed, 1910



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In Iowa, rural voters see a disconnect between town and country. 


In sixteenth-century Bavaria, peasants are fed-up with their landowners.


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#60 Orlando Figes

“In all revolutions there comes a moment when the high ideals of the revolutionaries crash onto the hard rocks of reality,” writes Orlando Figes in his essay for LQ's Revolutions issue. “That moment came for Russia in March 1921,” he says. More

News & Events

Voices for Peace 1914–2014

The New York Public Library, Lapham’s Quarterly, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York mark the 100th anniversary of World War I with a series of discussions by eminent historians.


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