The Brooks-Baxter War

Earlier this week I read about an armed conflict fought in Arkansas during the Reconstruction era.  Of course I had to add it to Chapter 4 of my North American history project, and since it took more than a paragraph to explain, that meant creating a new section.  Here is how it reads:

The Brooks-Baxter War

While Reconstruction ended peacefully in most states, Arkansas briefly saw a second civil war, now called the “Brooks-Baxter War.” The state’s Reconstruction-era constitution, passed in 1868, did not allow former Confederates to serve in the government, so for the gubernatorial election of 1872, no Democrat ran. However, the Republicans split into two factions. The “Brindle Tails,” the local group that supported Horace Greeley and the Liberal Republicans in the presidential race, nominated Joseph Brooks, a carpetbagger, for governor; Democrats and black voters tended to back him as well. Meanwhile the establishment Republicans, now nicknamed the “Minstrels,” ran Elisha Baxter, a scalawag. We don’t know who won on Election Day because there were so many predictions and reports of fraud that one historian, Michael B. Dougan, called the election a “masterpiece of confusion.” It was decided in Baxter’s favor because those controlling the voting process favored Baxter, and they announced Baxter had won by just 3,000 votes; Brooks refused to accept this result and proclaimed himself the winner as well.

Baxter was sworn in as governor; Brooks petitioned the state legislature for a recount, and filed suits with the state courts. But the politicians and judges he approached were largely Minstrels, and thus refused to hear his case. After a year it looked like Brooks had run out of ways to overturn the election legally, when Baxter’s method of governing gave him a second chance. Baxter alienated Republicans both inside and outside Arkansas by being too friendly to Democrats (he allowed the passage of a bill re-enfranchising ex-Confederates), and by vetoing bills that would have allowed government funding for railroads; we saw earlier that most Republicans favored railroad building. The backers of Baxter began switching to Brooks, and one day in April 1874, a judge looked at an appeal Brooks had filed the previous June and suddenly ruled in his favor, awarding him $2,000 in damages and the office of governor of Arkansas.

Bringing the county sheriff and about twenty armed men, Brooks marched to the State House (the old state capitol building) and kicked Baxter out. Baxter escaped to a nearby hotel, made it his new headquarters, declared martial law over Pulaski County, called in the militia from the nearest military academy, and sent President Grant a telegram requesting military assistance in taking back the state government. Brooks in turn barricaded the doors and windows of the State House, made his own call for the militia to support him, and sent a general on his side to break into the state armory. The general brought back not only small arms and ammunition, but also two six-pounder cannon, which were aimed in the general direction of Baxter’s hotel. Baster’s men soon one-upped this by digging up a buried twenty-six-pounder left over from the previous war; they repaired the cannon so it could be used again, named it the “Lady Baxter,” and aimed it at the State House. Meanwhile, men showed up to support one governor or the other, until Brooks had an army of 600 troops on his side, and Baxter had 2,000. Skirmishes occurred around Little Rock for a month–estimates of the number of casualties range from 40 to 200–but there wasn’t an all-out battle because both forces expected Grant to send in the US Army on their side.

Grant did intervene in mid-May, first using federal troops to separate the armies of the governors, and then proclaiming that Baxter was the rightful governor. With no chance of winning left, Brooks abandoned the State House and dispersed his force. Since Baxter wasn’t on good terms with the Republican Party, it is not clear why Grant chose him; he may have simply picked the faction with the most soldiers and the biggest gun. Incidentally, the Lady Baxter was only fired once, to celebrate Baxter’s return to the State House; it is still parked on the State House Lawn.

Baxter did not celebrate his victory for long; before 1874 ended another constitution was written for Arkansas, and new elections were held. With Democrats able to participate again, and the Republicans gravely weakened, Baxter was replaced by a Democratic governor, after he had held the office for less than two years. Then in the 1876 elections for Arkansas, the Democrats won every race that mattered.

In the rest of the South, white Democrats also regained control of state governments. Sometimes they did it by forming coalitions with Republicans, emphasizing the need to build railroads and do other things to modernize the Southern economy.  Other times they did it by frightening blacks to keep them away from the polls at election time, depriving the carpetbagger governments of the votes they needed to stay in power. Still other times the Democrats persuaded scalawags and even black Republicans to switch parties and join them. Those Democrats who wanted to put the Civil War behind them were called “Redeemers,” and thus when they took over, the Southern states they ran were “redeemed.” By 1876, only Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina were still under Republican leadership.

 

Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Concise History of Korea and Japan, Revisited

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The last time I completed a big webpage project, I didn’t know what I would be doing next.  It looked like I would write either a history of Central Asia or one of the South Pacific.  Indeed, in late November I realized that my notes on the South Pacific were almost complete enough to make a history paper in that series, so I completed and released that chapter.

Likewise, when my office closed for the Christmas-New Year’s break and I had plenty of time on my hands, I began working on updates to several papers, and before I knew it, I was concentrating on one area – Northeast Asia, specifically Korea and Japan.  Therefore I spent the next six weeks doing a complete rewrite of those papers.  Those papers certainly needed it.  I originally wrote the history of Korea and Japan in 1988, and look how much has happened since then; Japan got a new emperor, to start with.  Some updates were made later, but they were mostly minor, and I think the most recent one was made in 2001.  In addition, South Korea introduced a new way of spelling Korean words in English, called Revised Romanization.  For example, the South Korean city that American soldiers fought to defend in August 1950 was called Pusan back then, but it is spelled Busan now.

Another big change is that Korea and Japan are no longer in separate papers, but in separate sections of the same papers.  This way you can compare the two countries side by side and see what is happening in each.  If you’re like me, you’ll notice that their histories ran parallel, almost matching one another, in much of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries (see Chapter 3).  Finally, quite a few new pictures were added, many of them scanned from my books, and instead of one chapter/paper for each country, there are five papers now, organized as follows:


Chapter 1: The Formation of Korean and Japanese Civilizations

Korea Before 668, Japan Before 710

Introduction to Korea

Dangun

Later Gojoseon and Jin

Japan: How It All Began

Korea: The Samhan (Proto-Three Kingdoms) Period

Japan: The Yayoi Culture

Japan: The Kofun Period

Korea: The Three Kingdoms

Japan: The Asuka Period


Chapter 2: Medieval Korea and Japan

Korea from 668 to 1637, Japan from 710 to 1603

Balhae

Japan: The Nara Period

Silla & Sinicization

Ultracivilization: The Heian Era

Goryeo: Civilization For the Few

Japan: The Kamakura Shogunate

Korea: The Joseon Dynasty

Japan: The Ashikaga Shogunate

European Contact

The Reunification of Japan


Chapter 3: Closed and Opened Societies

Korea from 1637 to 1910, Japan from 1603 to 1912

Japan: The Tokugawa Shogunate

Korea: The Hermit Kingdom

Perry Opens Japan

The Meiji Restoration

The First Sino-Japanese War

The Russo-Japanese War

The End of the Korean Empire


Chapter 4: The War-Ravaged Years

Korea from 1910 to 1953, Japan from 1912 to 1945

Korea: Pax Japonica

Japan: The Militants Take Over

World War II

   China

   Siberia or the Pacific?

   The Rise and Fall of Tojo

   Iwo Jima and Okinawa

   The Grim Endgame

The Creation of North and South Korea

The Korean War


Chapter 5: Northeast Asia Today

Korea since 1953, Japan since 1945

Japan, Incorporated

South Korea: Growing Pains

Japan’s Lost Decades

South Korea: The Sixth Time is the Charm

The Bizarre Land of North Korea

Click here for a map of Northeast Asia (160 KB, will open in a separate window).

© Copyright 2015 Charles Kimball

 

Enjoy the updates!

Published in: on February 13, 2015 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Encore Performance

I told you last week about a new documentary, “Patterns of Evidence:  Exodus,” which made the case that if you alter ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern chronologies by 200-300 years, archaeological discoveries fall into place in a way that shows the Old Testament stories of Joseph, Moses and Joshua really happened.  It only showed once in the theaters; here in Lexington, KY the cinema was not quite half full, so I had no trouble getting a ticket.  I greatly enjoyed the movie; you got to hear what all the archaeologists, both pro and con, had to say about the subject.  A thirty=minute panel discussion followed the movie, hosted by Gretchen Carlson of Fox News.

Anyway, the movie did well enough that there is going to be a second show, tomorrow, January 29, at 7 PM, in more or less the same theaters.  If you missed it the first time, now’s your chance to see it.  Mark your calendar and book your tickets now!

Again, here is the movie website:

http://www.patternsofevidence.com/en/

Watch the trailer here:

http://fathom.patternsofevidence.com

And you can find our show information and buy tickets online here:

http://www.fathomevents.com/event/patterns-of-evidence-second-showing

Published in: on January 28, 2015 at 5:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

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Over the years I have posted updates here regarding David Rohl’s “New Chronology,” which promises to rewrite what we know about ancient history.  The latest is a new movie, called “Patterns of Evidence:  Exodus,” which puts forth the case that the Biblical stories of Joseph, Moses and Joshua really happened, but archaeologists did not find evidence for them because they were looking in the wrong place.  Or to be more exact, the evidence was in the right place, but they were looking in the wrong time; it is centuries earlier than when they expected.  Now watch David Rohl and others make the case that evidence has been found for these stories, but it wasn’t recognized as such, until recently.

Here is the movie’s official website:

http://www.patternsofevidence.com/en/

And here you can watch the trailer and buy tickets online:

http://fathom.patternsofevidence.com

 

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Unfortunately there will only be one showing of the movie in theaters, at 7 PM on Monday, January 19.  That’s tomorrow as I write this.  David Rohl is a friend of mine on Facebook, and he told me personally that although this is a quality production, it was not made by a big-name Hollywood studio, so they couldn’t get many places to show it.  Here in central Kentucky, for example, it is only appearing in three cinemas, one of which is three miles from my house, fortunately.  Now the producers are hoping it will be popular enough for them to make a DVD out of it.  I’m plugging the movie here because I have friends and relatives who can’t go tomorrow, so the DVD will be the next best thing for them.  Maybe I’ll see you in the theater tomorrow!

Published in: on January 18, 2015 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Patton’s Abandoned Rear

I just read a funny World War I story, which I just have to include in my European history papers.  It’s about a future American war hero, General George “Blood and Guts” Patton.  I just added it as a footnote to Chapter 14.  Here it is:

9. The United States established its first tank corps in 1917, and the first American soldier to join was an officer we’ll be hearing a lot from in the next war, then-Captain George S. Patton. Patton guessed that he would be seeing more action with the newly invented armored vehicles than he would if he stayed with the infantry. Before the year was over, Patton, now a colonel, was sent to find a good location in France for a tank training school; he decided a village named Bourg would do, because it had lots of mud to practice driving in. While there, the mayor of Bourg came to him with tears in his eyes, because he had failed to tell Patton of the American soldier who had died in Bourg. Patton quickly checked, and found that no one in his unit was dead, but the mayor insisted that he at least visit the soldier’s grave.

The mayor proceeded to take Patton to a mound of dirt with a stick posted in the ground at one end. Nailed crosswise on that stick was another piece of wood with the words “Abandoned Rear”; evidently the French had mistaken the sign for a cross. It wasn’t a grave but a recently closed latrine; the dirt and the sign had been left by the last person using it!

Patton didn’t tell the French the truth about that spot. In 1944, during World War II, General Patton returned to Bourg and was given a hero’s welcome by those who remembered the last time he was there. He relived memories by visiting his old office and living quarters, and noted that the village was still respectfully maintaining the “grave” of “Abandoned Rear.”

George S. Patton with his FT-17 tank, summer of 1918.

Published in: on January 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Holiday Recap

Since this is my first blog message for 2015, Happy New Year to everyone!

I’ve been off work since December 24; the office is closed from then until January 5, so I’m three-fourths of the way through an eleven-day vacation.  The office I worked at in Connecticut three years ago ran on the same schedule, but this time it’s a paid vacation, thank goodness, and I don’t have to drive more than 800 miles to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with my family.

From 12/23 to 12/30 my sister and her husband were in town visiting.  The main event was Christmas dinner; Leive outdid herself again by cooking a bunch of dishes (Philippine as well as traditional American), and we brought it all to the retirement home where my Dad is staying so he could participate.  Besides the five of us, our in-laws Gene and Rezia also showed up, and we had enough left over for Leive to give plates to three or four nurses who otherwise wouldn’t have enjoyed Christmas, because they were working that evening.  So overall the party was a success.

After that I came down with a mild cold; probably picked up from the retirement home, inasmuch as many of the residents had colds or flu.  It stayed with me for nearly a week; today is the first day I didn’t feel congested, so I should be all right when I go back to work.

Not that we went out much anyway, because it has been so cold.  For the last week of the year, the weather has been below freezing almost every night.  Still no snow yet for this winter, aside from short-lived flurries, but the temperature has gotten as low as 16 degrees.  When the New Year began, scarcely a sound was heard outside here in Kentucky; obviously it was too cold for anyone to play with fireworks.  How different it was from the 4th of July, or from New Year’s Eve when we lived in Florida!

That’s the way it is as 2015 begins here; now let’s see what 2015 will bring.

Published in: on January 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Terra Australis Incognita

I have a holiday surprise for my readers!  You may consider it my Hanukkah/Christmas gift to you.  While going through my notes over the past week, it occurred to me that because I had written about the exploration of the Pacific, on and off over the years, it wouldn’t take too much effort to turn it into a full-fledged history chapter.  So here it is, covering the South Pacific during its age of exploration:

Chapter 2: Terra Australis Incognita

1500 to 1780 A.D.

Demographics at the Time of the European Arrival

The Mysterious Southern Continent

Did Spain Discover Hawaii First?

The Spanish Lake

Early Expeditions to Australia

The Discovery of Easter Island

The Discovery of Tahiti

Captain Cook

I know, Chapter 1 hasn’t been written yet, so II ‘d better compose something soon for the years before 1500.  It reminds me of when Neil Simon produced a movie called “Chapter 2,” and people wondered, “Where’s Chapter 1?”  Currently I estimate it will take four chapters to tell the complete story of Oceania, since there are not a whole lot of people in the region, or many records before the last few centuries.  In that sense, Chapter 1 will be prehistory more than written history.

Because I have started a new subject on The Xenophile Historian, I will also have to post links to it from all the other folders.  That will take a few days, but the most important links, from this blog and the home page, are up already.

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific2.html

Perhaps Melikaliki Maka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) is the most appropriate thing to say here!

Published in: on December 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm  Comments (1)  

Just a Menorah for the First Night

Happy Hanukkah and Chag Sameach!

Published in: on December 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Don’t Environmentalists Have Respect for Native American Achievements?

You certainly think they would, since they are leftists.  Apparently Greenpeace doesn’t, because they set up one of their messages next to one of the more famous Nazca drawings in Peru, and it looks like the footprints and tire tracks they left getting to the site have damaged the monument.  If you want to discredit the cause you’re supporting, here’s how to do it!

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And here is the article:

This Greenpeace Stunt May Hare Irreparably Damaged Peru’s Nazca Site

For me, this struck home because three years ago, I wrote about the Nazca civilization, for Chapter 1 of my Latin American history project.  Of course I wanted to put in a picture showing an example of the Nazca lines, so I went to my books and scanned a picture of the very same formation, the “hummingbird geoglyph”:

Considering that the lines are more than a thousand years old, I didn’t think the picture would go out of date this quickly!

Published in: on December 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #24

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #24
( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ )

Greetings once again to all my loyal readers!  Charles Kimball returns, to give you the latest news on my world history website.  It has been a year since my last newsletter went out, and I did not have to leave Kentucky after all.  I finally found work last April, twenty-five miles from home, and I am enjoying it so much that I hope to stay at this job until I am old enough to retire.  For those who did not read my previous newsletters, I was a victim of the Great Recession, having been unemployed for thirty-two months in a forty-two-month period.  And this was the second time I applied for a job at the place that hired me, showing that persistence pays off.  When the interviewers asked me to put down in writing what I had been up to since my previous job ended, I called that essay "My Lost Years."

In the last newsletter I said I was devoting some of my free time to writing new history papers and updating the old ones.  Now that I am working again, my gain is your loss, but still there are achievements on the website to report, so here goes.

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The biggest and most recent announcement is that after four years, my journey south of the border is finished!  In November 2010 I began writing a complete history of Latin America and the Caribbean; last week I completed and uploaded the final chapter in the series.  Called "Contemporary Latin America," Chapter 6 covers events that happened between 1959 and 2014, so we are looking at the present-day era, both during and after the Cold War.

I have been working on Chapter 6 since last April, making it a seven-month job.  It is not the longest history paper I have written, but it sure comes close!  Not only was I covering thirty-four nations here (more than in the previous chapters), but I am also old enough to remember most of the current events mentioned, so I felt I had to say something about them.  So you won’t overtax the server (or your Internet connection) when you visit the chapter, I divided it into seven parts before uploading it.  Here are the topics covered, and links to the pages:

Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06a.html )

    One More Overview
          The Roller Coaster Ride of Economics
          The Abandonment of the Monroe Doctrine
          The Pink Tide
          The Changing Role of the Church
          Getting Along and Meaning It
          The Drug Trade
          Environmental Challenges
    Cuba: The Revolution Continues
    Venezuela’s Democratic Interlude
    Brazil: The Death of the Middle Republic
    Weak Radicals and the Argentine Revolution
    Colombia: The National Front

Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06b.html )

    Che!
    Democracy Breaks Down in Chile
    Peru: The Revolution from Above
    Mexico: The PRI Corporate State
    Meet the Duvaliers
    Honduras Goes From Military to Civilian Rule
    Ecuador: From Yellow Gold to Black Gold
    Tupamaros and Tyrants
    The Somoza Dynasty, Act Two

Part III ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06c.html )

    Paraguay: The Stronato
    Brazil: The Military Republic
    Bolivia: The Banzerato
    Red Star In the Caribbean
    The Perón Sequel and the "Dirty War"
    Panama: The Canal Becomes Truly Panamanian
    The Dominican Republic: The Balaguer Era
    The Guianas/Guyanas: South America’s Neglected Corner
          French Guiana
          Guyana
          Suriname

Part IV ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06d.html )

    The Salvadoran Civil War
    Belize: A Nation Under Construction
    The Guatemalan Civil War
    The Southernmost War
    Among the Islands
          Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Dominica
          Grenada
          Jamaica
          St. Kitts & Nevis
          The Netherlands and French Antilles
    Colombia: Land of Drug Lords and Guerrillas
    The Pinochet Dictatorship
    Peru: The Disastrous 1980s

Part V ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06e.html )

    The Switzerland of Central America
    Nicaragua: The Contra War
    Ecuador After the Juntas
    Chasing Noriega
    Argentina’s New Democracy
    Hugo’s Night in the Museum
    Democracy Comes to Bolivia (at Last)
    Haiti: Beggar of the Americas
    Peru: The Fujimori Decade

Part VI ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06f.html )

    Brazil: The New Republic
    Cuba’s "Special Period"
    Chileans Put Their Past Behind Them
    Colombia’s Fifty-Year War
    Uruguay Veers from the Right to the Left
    Daniel Ortega Returns
    Ecuador: Dollarization and a Lurch to the Left
    The Chavez Administration, Both Comedy and Tragedy

Part VII ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la06g.html )

    Argentina: The New Millennium Crisis, and the Kirchner Partnership
    Guatemala Since the Peace Accords
    Can Paraguay Kick the Dictator Habit?
    Honduras: The Zelaya Affair
    Peru in the Twenty-First Century
    Bolivia: The Evo Morales Era
    The Mexican Drug War
    Puerto Rico: The Future 51st State?
    Conclusion

In case you haven’t seen the previous chapters in this series, they are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Ancient America (before 1492 A.D.)
Chapter 2:  The Age of the Conquistadors (1492-1650)
Chapter 3:  A New World No More (1650-1830)
Chapter 4:  Post-Colonial Blues (1830-1889)
Chapter 5:  Uncle Sam’s Backyard (1889-1959)

You can access all of these by going to http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/index.html and clicking on their links.

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Okay, so what else has gone up on The Xenophile Historian in the past year?  During the first part of this year, before I got started on Chapter 6 of the Latin American history, I updated the Indian history series.  This part of the website was badly in need of it; I wrote the first edition of those papers in 1988, rewrote them in 1991 and 1998, and only gave them minor, cosmetic changes for the next fifteen years.

All four chapters have new stuff.  For Chapters 2 and 3 I mainly added new pictures, while Chapters 1 and 4 were completely rewritten.  For Chapter 1 that meant adding new material to cover archaeological discoveries made since the 1970s.  With Chapter 4 there are five new sections.  India and Pakistan got new sections for events in the twenty-first century, and Bangladesh got its own section; previously I simply lumped Bangladesh with Pakistan, which made sense when most people were old enough to remember that Bangladesh used to be called East Pakistan.  Finally, new sections were created for Bhutan and the Maldives, two countries I barely mentioned previously.  Here are the topics covered in Chapter 4 now:

Chapter 4: Recent South Asian History

The Road to Independence
India Under the Nehru Dynasty
Is This the Indian Century?
Pakistan: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Pakistan in the War on Terror
Bangladesh: The Difficult Years Since Independence
Nepal: An Ex-Kingdom In the Clouds
Bhutan: A Real-Life Shangri-La?
Sri Lanka: Paradise Lost–and Regained?
Maldives: The Sunny Islands

All four chapters in the Indian history series are accessible from http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/india/index.html .

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Are you "Pinterested?"  I have had an account with Pinterest, the famous picture-sharing website, for a couple of years, since I learned that pictures from The Xenophile Historian were being "re-pinned" there.  You can see what readers of my history papers like on this page:

http://www.pinterest.com/source/xenohistorian.faithweb.com/

Anyway, in September I decided to share the rest of the history-related pictures I have posted, in order to attract more traffic.  929 "pins" have gone up so far, on eight different boards.  You can check them out here:

http://www.pinterest.com/charlesskimball/

Speaking of traffic, in March the website counter passed the 1,500,000 mark.  It passed 1 million in the fall of 2009, meaning it took four and a half years to get the latest half million hits.  Still, those visits are welcome no matter how long it takes.

For Chapter 2 of the Russian history series, I added a new section detailing the Russian conquest of Siberia in the seventeenth century.

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/russia/ru02.html#Siberia

And I reorganized Chapter 4 of the Russian history, "Soviet Russia."  Now it is in three parts, and this time, instead of breaking off in 1985, it includes the whole Soviet era, from 1917 to 1991.

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/russia/ru04a.html

Because my chapter on classical Greece, Chapter 2 of the European history, is one of the longer chapters on the site (though not as long as the latest Latin American chapter), I decided to subdivide it, this time into four parts.  I also added a section on the early part of Alexander’s career, before he became great, so I called it "Alexander the Pretty-Good."

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/eu02c.html#Alex

It’s definitely tragic that there are so many shooting sprees in the news these days, so here are my views on gun violence:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/holybook/articles/gunnuts.html

Here is a sarcastic response to the emails and other hoaxes I received in 2013:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/holybook/articles/emails.html

And finally, the website has a simpler URL.  When I moved the website to its current server, fourteen years ago, I said it finally had an address that made some sense.  Well, http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ gives you some idea of what to expect, unlike http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/1591/ or any of the other URLs it had back in the 1990s.  Still, I have to admit it was a challenge for anyone besides me to remember it, and when I wrote it down for the benefit of others, I felt a bit like Nebuchadnezzar at an autograph session!  So I tried purchasing a domain name that matched my real name; those who know me in real life wouldn’t have much trouble remembering charleskimball.com, right?  It turns out somebody in Japan had charleskimball.com already (Why?  I don’t know!), and the .org and .net URLs were also taken, but not used.

Fortunately there isn’t as much demand for the newer suffixes (.cc, .biz, etc.), and charleskimball.info was available; thus, I went with that.  After all, the purpose of the website is to share information.  Now if you type http://www.charleskimball.info/ into your browser’s address field, The Xenophile Historian should come up.  If it doesn’t work, don’t worry, I plan to keep http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com for the forseeable future, so you can always fall back on that.  Try it:

http://www.charleskimball.info

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Now what will I do?  I mentioned in the past that every time I complete a paper, that’s one more document I will have to update eventually.  Thus, several parts of the site require attention; the pages on China, Korea and Japan come to mind, because I haven’t done any major work on them since the 1990s.  I also want to get started on a concise history of Central Asia; I have been promising myself I would do that since 1992, but for some reason other projects have kept getting in the way, and they always seemed to demand I give them priority.  Well, maybe now is the time priority will go to the Eurasian heartland.  Besides Central Asia, the only other region of the world I haven’t written a history for is the south Pacific–Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and all the little islands in-between.  At some point I will have to write about them, in order to make good my claim to have chronicled the rise and fall of just about everybody.

Whatever comes next, I hope you will all come back to the website in the future and read about them.  Now with the holiday season upon us, Happy Thanksgiving, Chag Sameach (for those who observe Hanukkah), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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If you missed older issues of this newsletter and want to see them, they can be downloaded in a zip file from http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/download/index.html .  And the links below go to topics I mentioned in previous issues, that are still valid.  Please visit them, if you haven’t already:

The Xenohistorian Weblog, this site’s official blog.

https://xenohistorian.wordpress.com

My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."

http://www.rosedogbookstore.com/biinofwohi.html
or
http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/worldhis/index.html

And my business website:

http://charlesskimball.legalshieldassociate.com/

Take Care and God Bless,

Charles Scott Kimball

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Published in: on November 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm  Comments (2)  
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