Thursday, June 05, 2008

Roger Owen

Professor Roger Owen was formerly at St Anthony's, Oxford and is now at Harvard. A giant in the field of economic history and an expert on Middle East, who writes an occasional colum in Al-Ahram. His belief, "Owen's 50 years' rule" , is that only what is written in the beginning of conflicts is worth anything, than follows a period of entrenched mono-narratives, and only after 50 years or so the historiography of a conflict becomes interesting and credible again. Time to revisit pre-"1948" then? It seems so..

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