A Man Of Contradictions: A Life Of A. L. Rowse by Richard Ollard

By Richard Ollard

He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he used to be a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he will be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his pals; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet used to be himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse was once a guy of many contradictions.

during this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the numerous aspects of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he was once responding to - public affairs, the humanities, common good looks or occasions in his own lifestyles - did so with great power and passion.

'An urbane learn of the distinguished historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail

'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator

'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS

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His only stated concern with this "sensitive issue," as he calls it, is that according to some projections, by the year 2080, the American majority white European stock of 80 percent (1986) will have dropped to 60 percent and will still be decliningY And while America, in his view, is not "essentially a racist or bigoted country, anti-black or anti-Asian, anti-Hispanic or antiIslamic," given present patterns of fertility and immigration certain doubts about the future arise. " He refers us to a book written by Colorado Governor Richard Lamm and Gary Imhoff entitled: The Immigration Time Bomb: the Fragmenting of America.

SO But after the great discoveries [Columbus, 1492 and Da Gama, 1494]. the white man could flank his old opponents. Whole new worlds peopled by primitive races were unmasked, where the white man's weapons made victory certain, and whence he could draw stores of wealth to quicken his home life and initiate a progress that would soon place him immeasurably above his once-dreaded assailants. And the white proved worthy of his opportunity. His inherent racial aptitudes had been stimulated by his past.

The yellow race is the exact opposite of this type. The skull points forward, not backward. The forehead is wide and bony, often high and projecting.... There is a further proneness to obesity.... The yellow man has little physical energy, and is inclined to apathy .... His desires are feeble, and his will-power rather obstinate than violent. . He tends to mediocrity in everything .... He does not dream or theorize; he invents little, but can appreciate and take over what is useful to him ....

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