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The Barber Who Read History And Was Overwhelmed
Radical Sydney/Radical History blog (2016)
  • Rowan Cahill
Beginning with a chance encounter in a Barber's shop whilst travelling, the author ruminates on history, and the proposition that each and everyone of us is an historian, and that in a sense we are all time travellers. Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is invoked, and the role of radical historians from below discussed before the author returns to his Barber shop encounter, and to Brecht. The title of the piece references Brecht's poem A Worker Reads History (1936).

  • History,
  • Radical History,
  • Bertolt Brecht,
  • history from below,
  • Michael Moore,
  • conspiracy theories,
  • time travel
Publication Date
July 19, 2016
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Rowan Cahill. "The Barber Who Read History And Was Overwhelmed" Radical Sydney/Radical History blog (2016)
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