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The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #20
( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ )
Greetings once again to all my loyal readers! Charles Kimball is here, to give you the latest news on my world history website. Currently I’m still in Danbury, Connecticut. Except for a visit back to my wife and home in Kentucky at Christmas, I have been here for nine and a half months. Originally the job I’ve been working here was only supposed to last for six months, but I got the extension I was expecting last December. Since then work has been slower — far less overtime than in 2011 — so I’m expecting to return to Kentucky when June rolls around. And going through the winter here wasn’t too bad, either; it was an unusually mild season, with only two days when it snowed enough to require shoveling. In the meantime my father has just moved from Florida to Kentucky, so he can spend the rest of his days near us, so life at home has gotten more interesting.
First of all, while my real life experience continues north of the Mason & Dixon Line, I am still writing about history South of the Border. Now the third chapter in my Latin American history series is available. Going from 1650 to 1830, this chapter covers the second half of the colonial era, culminating with the struggles in the early nineteenth century that freed Latin America from Spain and Portugal. I uploaded it last January, but it took until now to correct some ommissions, add a footnote here and there, and make it a better overall narrative.
This history paper is divided into three parts, with the following subheadings:
Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la03a.html )
A Hollow Empire
The Jesuit Experiment
Caribbean Contention, Part 1
The Golden Age of Piracy
The Darien Scheme
Caribbean Contention, Part 2
The Settlement of Mexico’s Northern Frontier
The Seven Years War and the American Revolution In Latin America
Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la03b.html )
Growing Trouble between Spain And Her Colonies
Brazil: Movement Inland, and to the South
The Haitian Revolution
The Liberation of Latin America Begins
Bolivar and San Martin
The Haitian Monarchy
Part III ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la03c.html )
Early Paraguay: Marxism Before Marx
Over the Andes
The First Mexican Empire
Brazil: Independent By Accident
All Roads End At Ayacucho
The Falklands Dispute Begins
The Shattered Dream
Because the previous newsletter went out six months ago (a short time by a history book or website’s standards), I only have three other additions that are big enough to report here. First, because we have not won the War on Terror by brute force alone, I wrote about using some new tactics against the terrorists, namely descrediting them through ridicule. I also suggested draining their finances through lawsuits, because guns, bombs and knives cannot be used as a defense against that.
The second new page involves a book I recently read on current events, trends and demography, "How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too)," by David Goldman. Goldman also writes under the pen name of Spengler, after Oswald Spengler, the nineteenth-century historian, and his book contained excerpts that he called "Spengler’s Laws," which are his rules on how history works. In 2007 I posted my own theory of history, at http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/history.html#Summary , and I found Spengler’s ideas close enough to mine that I thought it is worth the effot for readers to compare them. Therefore I have reposted Spengler’s Laws, so they can all be seen in one place.
And finally, a recent DNA study of Madagascar’s population is revising our theories on how that island’s community got started. In a nutshell, the first Malagasy probably came from Indonesia on only one boat, and they arrived later than we thought, around 830 A.D. This has forced me to rewrite the section in my African hisotry series where I discussed that, and I moved it from Chapter 4 to Chapter 5.
What will go up next? I’m working on the next chapter of the Latin American history project, of course. Chapter 4 is about one-third done, according to my estimates. It will cover the first fifty-nine years after independence, 1830 to 1889. I have also decide to expand the first section of my Russian history papers, the part about Russia before the founding of the first Russian state, into a new chapter entitled "Before the Russians." This will include recent discoveries concerning nomadic tribes like the Scythians, Sarmatians and Khazars. Maybe I will call this prequel "Chapter 0," so as not to mess up the numbering sequence of the chapters already there. And there are still plans to update the older papers; hopefully I can report I did some of that next time.
And that’s the latest website-related news. If you missed older issues of the 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.
My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."
My LegalShield (formerly Pre-Paid Legal) website:
Take Care and God Bless,
Charles Scott Kimball
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