May 3rd, 2012

Harwich Redoubt, in Suffolk, England. This was a fort built to deter Napoleonic invasion. In Literature and Revolution, Leon Trotsky talks of the grandeur of the Medieval cathedrals – designed to overwhelm the peasant with utter fear of the earthly realm as much as to put him in awe of any transcendental power above. Similarly, in the 1820s the enemy within had to be subdued as keenly as any from abroad.

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