Alexander Bevilacqua
Assistant Professor of History, Williams College

is an assistant professor of history at Williams College, Massachusetts. He specialises in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe (c1450 to 1800). His most recent book is The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment (2018).

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Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by Bony/AP/Rex

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The empathetic humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture

Alexander Bevilacqua