What We Are Reading Today: From Peoples into Nations by John Connelly

Updated 10 January 2020

What We Are Reading Today: From Peoples into Nations by John Connelly

In the 1780s, the Habsburg monarch Joseph II decreed that henceforth German would be the language of his realm. 

His intention was to forge a unified state from his vast and disparate possessions, but his action had the opposite effect, catalyzing the emergence of competing nationalisms among his Hungarian, Czech, and other subjects, who feared that their languages and cultures would be lost. 

In this sweeping narrative history of Eastern Europe since the late 18th century, John Connelly connects the stories of the region’s diverse peoples, telling how, at a profound level, they have a shared understanding of the past, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

An ancient history of invasion and migration made the region into a cultural landscape of extraordinary variety, a patchwork in which Slovaks, Bosnians, and countless others live shoulder to shoulder and where calls for national autonomy often have had bloody effects among the interwoven ethnicities.


Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 88

Her career spans for three decades. (AFP)
Updated 17 January 2020

Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 88

DUBAI: Renowned Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi died Thursday in her Cairo home, her daughter Ghada Nafa confirmed.

In 1956, Al-Sabahi founded her own film production company.

Her career spans for three decades. Before she retired from acting, Al-Sabahi appeared in over 60 films, however she notably known for her roles in “El-Naseh” in 1949, “Al-Ragol Allazy Ohebo” in 1962 and “El-Omr Lahza” in 1978.

In 1956, Al-Sabahi founded her own film production company. She was also elected as president of the “Egyptian Women in Film Association” in 1995.