March 12: Premier of New Zealand

Julius Vogel, the eighth premier of New Zealand, died at 64 on this date in 1899. Vogel served in the office from 1873 to 1875 and again in 1876. Vogel’s political career was highlighted by land acquisition from the indigenous Māori people (whom he sought to see assimilated into white culture), by efforts to gain […]

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July 8: The Utopian Socialist

German Marxist philosopher Ernest Bloch was born on this date in 1885. He was an exile in the United States during the World War II before returning to East Germany as a celebrated Marxist philosopher. Following Khrushchev’s earth-shaking 1956 speech about Stalinism, however, Bloch’s liberalized thought, his open-mindedness about Marxist-Christian dialogue and artistic freedom, and […]

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