The Xenophile Newsletter, #28

 

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #28
( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ )

Greetings once again to all my loyal readers!  Charles Kimball is here again, to give you the latest news on my world history website and podcast. 

For this newsletter I have exactly two announcements.  That’s right, just two.  For one thing, it has only been four months since the last newsletter came out.  And since then, I have added more pictures to existing pages and corrected a few typos, but that was never stuff I considered worthy of announcing.  Also, I have been busy in the outside world lately.  Nevertheless, I managed to stick to my goals of what I wanted on both the Website and the podcast.  So this newsletter will be short and sweet, compared with previous ones.

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On the website itself, I completed the history of the fourteen South Pacific nations.  Chapter 5 covers events from 1945 to the present.  As it turned out, the most convenient way to present the subject was to divide it into four parts.  Here are the URLs for the webpages, and the subheadings for each one:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5a.html

Part I

First, A Word on the Cargo Cults
The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and Nearby Atolls
Australia: The Menzies Era
Rabbits Gone Wild
Recolonial New Zealand

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5b.html

Part II

Independence Comes to the Islands
     Western New Guinea: From One Colonial Overlord to Another
     Western Samoa
     Nauru and Tonga
     Fiji
     Papua New Guinea
     The Solomon Islands
     Tuvalu and Kiribati
     Vanuatu
     The Free Association States

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5c.html

Part III

The Australian Constitutional Crisis
Australia in Recent Years
New Zealand: Labour and National Reforms

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5d.html

Part IV

The Smaller Island Nations Since Independence
     The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and Palau
     Fiji: Too Early to Tell
     Kiribati: Every Day and Every Year Begin Here
     Tuvalu: The First Nation to Go Under?
     Nauru: The Island That Lost its Future
     Papua New Guinea: A Troubled Young Nation
     Samoa: No Longer Western, But Looking Southwest
     The Solomon Islands: Are They A Nation Yet?
     Tonga: It’s Good to Be King
     Vanuatu: Harmony With Disunity
     New Caledonia: Unfinished Business
Conclusion for the Islands

However, I have one more task, requiring another history paper, before I will consider the South Pacific project finished.  That task is to write a history of the exploration of Antarctica, so the Antarctic can be included somewhere on the website.  I decided the best place for an essay on the South Pole would be to put it with the ones on the South Pacific, because most of the South Pacific is below the equator, too, and Chapters 1-3 also had much to say about exploration.  Come back in 2017 to read one more chapter!

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The other news is that my podcast, on the history of Southeast Asia, continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  As of November 21, 2016, nine episodes have been recorded and uploaded, ten if you count the introduction.  So far there have been 4,710 downloads, to 3,355 devices (computers, laptops and smart phones).  Divide that by ten, and it works out to an estimated 335 listeners.  Most of that happened because I have successfully promoted the podcast, especially on Facebook.  Hopefully it won’t be long before I have enough listeners and downloads to attract a sponsor, and then I can make some money from this venture.

At the rate I am going, two episodes per month that average forty minutes each, I expect it will take the rest of this year to get finished with the Middle Ages, and I probably won’t cover twentieth-century conflicts (e.g., World War II, the Vietnam War) until sometime in 2018.  Still, as I have done on the website, I plan to include interesting content in each episode, including a number of strange and obscure stories the listeners probably haven’t heard before.

Since getting started last June, I have submitted the podcast’s RSS feed to four popular websites that host podcasts, and have found three more websites that posted links to the episodes without any input from me.  Therefore, at this time I know of eight sites where you can listen to or download the episodes:

Blubrry, the original host ( https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/ )
Acast
Google Play
iTunes
MyTuner
Player.fm
Podfanatic
Stitcher

And again, here is the podcast’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/historyofsoutheastasia/

If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, check it out!

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So there you have it.  For the near future, I will continue putting out podcast episodes, and compose the Antarctica page mentioned above.  Then I will probably update another history series.  Most likely it will be the Russian history, because I finished the last chapter in 2000, right after Boris Yeltsin resigned, so maybe now it is time to cover all the things Vladimir Putin has done to revive the Russian state, and what the other former Soviet republics think about that. 

And when that is done, sometime in 2017, I think it will finally be time to write the Central Asian history I have been promising to myself for a quarter century, so at last I can say The Xenophile Historian contains the history of the rise and fall of just about everybody.  Thank you for reading and listening.  If you observe holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, have a great holiday season, and I’ll see you in the 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

My business website:

http://charlesskimball.legalshieldassociate.com/

 

Take Care and God Bless,

Charles Scott Kimball

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Episode 9: The First Burmese Empire

 

Bagan_pagodas

Episode 9 of my podcast has just gone online!  This episode covers Burma (also called Myanmar) in the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on the Bagan Empire.  Visit a city with more than 2,000 pagodas!  Learn what makes Theravada Buddhism different from the other Buddhist sects.  Meet a king who ruled for 95 years, and another king who ate 300 dishes of curry every day!  Hear me mispronounce their names!  It’s all here for your listening pleasure!

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/18636226/episode-9-the-first-burmese-empire/

Chapter 5: Oceania Since 1945

 

Over the past four and a half months, I have been giving priority to the new podcast, as you can see from my previous messages.  Even so, I have not neglected the website, and have continued to write for the website’s current history project — the South Pacific.  It has been a bit of a challenge prioritizing the writing and the podcasting, so I can keep to my schedule of uploading two episodes every month.  For a while, for instance, I would write the scripts for my episodes and record them on weekdays, while writing for the website on weekends.  Perseverance paid off, and now the fifth chapter of the South Pacific history is now online!

This time we wrap up the whole narrative, covering the fourteen nations in this region from the end of World War II to the present.  As it turned out, the most convenient way to present the subject was to divide it into four parts.  Here are the URLs for the webpages, and a list of subheadings on each one:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5a.html

Part I

* First, A Word on the Cargo Cults
* The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and Nearby Atolls
* Australia: The Menzies Era
* Rabbits Gone Wild
* Recolonial New Zealand

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5b.html

Part II

* Independence Comes to the Islands
     * Western New Guinea: From One Colonial Overlord to Another
     * Western Samoa
     * Nauru and Tonga
     * Fiji
     * Papua New Guinea
     * The Solomon Islands
     * Tuvalu and Kiribati
     * Vanuatu
     * The Free Association States

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5c.html

Part III

* The Australian Constitutional Crisis
* Australia in Recent Years
* New Zealand: Labour and National Reforms

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/pacific/pacific5d.html

Part IV

* The Smaller Island Nations Since Independence
     * The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and Palau
     * Fiji: Too Early to Tell
     * Kiribati: Every Day and Every Year Begin Here
     * Tuvalu: The First Nation to Go Under?
     * Nauru: The Island That Lost its Future
     * Papua New Guinea: A Troubled Young Nation
     * Samoa: No Longer Western, But Looking Southwest
     * The Solomon Islands: Are They A Nation Yet?
     * Tonga: It’s Good to Be King
     * Vanuatu: Harmony With Disunity
     * New Caledonia: Unfinished Business
* Conclusion for the Islands

It looks like I am done with this project, but while working on it, I decided to write something on the exploration of Antarctica, so the Antarctic can be included somewhere on the website; we might as well put the paper on the South Pole together with the ones on Australia.  Therefore, look for one more paper on Antarctica to show up sometime in 2017, and then the complete South Pacific history will be considered finished.  Stay tuned for one more chapter!

Episode 8, The Five Hundred Years War

 

Episode 8 of the podcast is now available!  This episode covers Vietnam from 939 to 1471.  During this time two nations existed in the territory of present-day Vietnam (three if you count the Khmers ruling the Mekong delta).  Those nations were the Vietnamese state, currently called Dai Viet, and the Indianized state of Champa.  The Vietnamese and Chams fought on and off for most of this period, hence the episode name.  Who won?  Listen to find out!

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/18209081/episode-8-the-five-hundred-years-war/

Episode 7, The Khmers

 

The episode you have been waiting for has arrived!  This time we look at Cambodia from 550 to 1431, the golden age of the Khmers.  This was Southeast Asia’s most impressive civilization before the modern era.  The Khmers built Angkor, a city that was home to a million people, and Angkor Wat, the largest temple of all time.  That is the same temple shown in the picture above.  Then suddenly in 1431 they abandoned it all to the jungle, and the world outside Cambodia forgot about the place, until a French explorer stumbled upon the ruins in 1860.  Listen and download this episode to hear all about it!

https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/17735547/episode-7-the-khmers/

Now There Are Eight

 

I have discovered the History of Southeast Asia Podcast on three new websites:  MyTuner, Player.fm, and Podfanatic.  Unlike previous announcements like this, I did not submit the podcast to them, vis RSS feed or anything else; someone besides me put them up there!  Indeed, Player.fm was the only I had heard of previously.  Well, I salute whoever did it.  Now there are eight places online where you can listen to or download the episodes:

Blubrry
Acast
Google Play
iTunes
MyTuner
Player.fm
Podfanatic
Stitcher