The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #21

The e-mail version of this went out last night.

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #21
( 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.  For those who haven’t heard it already, I am back in Kentucky.  Overall I consider my job in Danbury, CT to have been a success, but it ended in April, after ten and a half months, when the company ran out of work for me to do.  Unfortunately the economy in Kentucky is still dismal; in the six months since I returned, I have not worked a day.  Therefore my two main daily activities have been looking for a job, and promoting my LegalShield business.  Of course it would help a lot if the current government was serious about fixing the economy; I cannot eat healthcare, green energy, gay marriage, or any other form of “social engineering” that the folks in Washington are preoccupied with.  Therefore I have come to the conclusion that I won’t have a job again until President Obama loses his.  With the election just days away, hopefully I’ll have better news on that front, the next time I write a newsletter.

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But I’m not writing just to tell you of my troubles; I know you’re more interested in what is new at http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com.  As was the case last time, the main event is another chapter in my ongoing history series about Latin America and the Caribbean.  Chapter 4 is entitled “Post-Colonial Blues,” and it covers the difficult early years that came immediately after independence, from 1830 to 1889.  I uploaded it last week, and divided it into three parts, with the following subheadings:

Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la04a.html )

The Struggle to Build New States
Enter the Caudillo
Central America: Out of One, Many
Mexico: Santa Anna’s Misadventures
Argentina: The Rise and Fall of Rosas
Chile: The Conservative Era
Peru and Bolivia: Disorder on the Borders
Paraguay: El Excelentísimo
Uruguay: Caught in the Crossfire
Mexico: The Incredible Shrinking Country

Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la04b.html )

New Granada
The Reform War
Nicaragua: The Filibuster
Honduras and Costa Rica, Before they Became Banana Republics
Venezuela: The Barracks
Ecuador: The First Generation
The Franco-Mexican War
Argentina Pulls Itself Together
Chile: The Liberal Era
The War of the Triple Alliance
Cuba and Puerto Rico: The Last Spanish Colonies

Part III ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la04c.html )

Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Experiments in Bad Government
Ecuador: The Monastery
A Golden Age Begins for Argentina and Uruguay
Guatemala Takes a Step Back
Mexico: The Porfiriato
The War of the Pacific
Colombia: The University
Império Brasileiro (The Brazilian Empire)
Breaking the Rubber Monopoly

And if you haven’t yet seen Chapters 1-3, you can access them from here:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/index.html

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The other new pages I have created since the last newsletter are meant to promote my LegalShield business.  Each of them is on a different website, so one is a hub or launching pad to the rest; it also explains how LegalShield works.  This page is in the main folder of The Xenophile Historian (as opposed to being in a subdirectory), the first new page I have added there since 2007:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/LegalShield.html

Go here for a video that offers a more detailed look at the services:

http://www.greatlegalbenefit.com/charleskimball

And go here to watch a video on how to make money from the services:

http://www.greatworkplan.com/charleskimball

Finally, my page for signing up, either to get the services or to become an Associate like me, is still up:

http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/charlesskimball

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Everything else I have done since the last newsletter is not so big, just new sections, footnotes, pictures, etc., so I will go through them quickly.  I reorganized my North American history to make room for what I write in the future, to keep it up to date.  Three sections from the end of Chapter 5 (the USA from 1933 to 2009) were detached for form a sixth chapter, called The USA Today (nothing to do with the newspaper by that name!).  The former Chapter 6, my Canadian history paper, is now Chapter 7.  Here is a link to that history series:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/northam/index.html

The Indian history papers were reorganized, too.  Chapter 1 was merged with Chapter 2, and Chapter 4 was merged with Chapter 5, so the total number of chapters has been reduced from six to four:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/india/index.html

On the other hand, I decided two of the African history papers were too long, rather than too short, so Chapter 7 was split into two parts, and Chapter 9 was split into three.  And for Chapter 7 I added a few paragraphs on Madagascar’s Queen Ranavalona the Cruel:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/africa/index.html

Chapter 2 in the European history series, my chapter on classical Greece, got the same treatment; it was also split into two smaller pages.  And footnote #7, which covers a strange story about the Olympic Games, is new:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/eu02a.html
http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/eu02b.html

Chapter 7 of the European history now has a paragraph about my favorite Viking battle, the battle of Bravoll:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/eu07a.html

Chapter 12 of the European history has a new map and several footnotes, pertaining to the Napoleonic Wars:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/europe/eu12.html

For Chapter 2 of my Russian history series, I wrote a new section on the Crimean War:

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

For Chapter 6 of the Chinese history, I added a footnote on the most successful pirate of all time:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/china/ch06.html#N_5_

And recently I learned of an incredible battle in 1597, where thirteen Korean ships held off the whole Japanese navy, so it got a footnote on the Korean history paper:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/neasia/korea.html#N_14_

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There are also some new additions to “The Holy Book of Universal Truths” folder, where I put my not-so-serious opinions and commentaries.  Chapter 1 has a new section on those witty sayings called Paraprosdokians:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/holybook/kup1.html#Paraprosdokians

Chapter 2 has a new story on tax breaks, called “Ten Men In A Bar”:

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/holybook/kup2.html#Ten

For Chapter 8, I brought back “A Military History of France,” inasmuch as the French have slipped back into their old habits, and elected a socialist president who is less friendly to us than his predecessor:

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

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And finally, a new era has begun for the website.  For the first time since 2001, I renegotiated the terms of my contract with the host, Freeservers.com.  This increases the space available for the site, from 200 megs to a whopping 5 gigs.  No, I haven’t yet decided what I’ll put in that space, and I know I won’t need it if I stick to the mostly text format the site has now.  But those who surf the Web demand more and more multi-media all the time, so if I decide to add videos and music, I’ll have room for it!

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So what else am I planning?  Currently it looks like it will take two more chapters, to do a decent job of covering the remaining 123 years of Latin American history, from 1889 to the present.  And the book I am reading right now has me re-thinking the connection between the Tower of Babel and the Sumerian civilization; if I accept those theories, it means rewriting at least three history papers, in the Genesis and Near East folders.  On top of all that, there are updates needed for the subjects I have already covered; some of the oldest papers on the site were first composed in the late 80s/early 90s, long before I got Internet access.  Therefore I expect to keep on writing for the rest of my active life, even after I complete the goal of uploading history papers about practically everybody.

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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.

https://xenohistorian.wordpress.com

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

http://www.rosedogbookstore.com/biinofwohi.html

http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/worldhis/index.html

Take Care and God Bless,

Charles Scott Kimball

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