It sometimes seems that we are living in an age of increasing bigotry. Here is what G.K. Chesterton said in 1905: “Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of people who have no opinion… the appalling frenzy of the indifferent” [in his book Heretics].
The Origin of Species was a world-shattering book with important social and political consequences as well as changing the scientific paradigm in biology. See Paul’s review of a “biography” of Darwin’s book.
Click on above link to see my review of Erik Schmeller’s book on the perceptions of English and American writers on race and nation, 1833 to 1914.
In 2001 I reviewed Bernard Crick’s collection of political essays entitled Crossing Borders. I knew Bernard well as he was my PhD supervisor at LSE, and an inspiring scholar. He died in 2008. As a tribute I am attaching my review of his book. Click on: