While the main theme of my blog is the maintenance of local Chinese ritual cultures (before, during, and since Maoism), it’s worth providing a roundup of recent posts on European cultures and politics—most of which have ramifications for, and links to, China.
- Germany (see also German tag): A Nazi legacy, Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen, Trauma, Sereny (all with links to Maoism); two posts on the GDR (here and here); and a biography of a colleague who fled successive regimes (here and here). Also Ute Lemper and Nina Hagen—and Berg. Not to mention Bach, and by extension, Mahler (not least Mahler 10, and Men behaving badly)
- France (see also French tag): continuing the wartime theme, Les Parisiennes, A life in secrets, Noor Inayat Khan, and numerous posts on Ravel and Messiaen
- Iberia: flamenco (1, 2, and 3);
fado and Lisbon (1 and 2, and for good measure, Some Portuguese epigrams)
- Italy: taranta, Sardinia, Venice, The struggle against Mussolini, Life under Mussolini, You say tomato—and Chet in Italy
- East Europe (note also Iron curtain tag—now also including Lives in Stalin’s Russia): musical cultures; Švejk (and here, and here; see also Czech tag), Polish jazz, Serbia, Bulgaria
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