The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #23

The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #23
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Greetings once again to all my loyal readers!  Charles Kimball is here, to give you the latest news on my world history website.  At this time I am still in Kentucky.  I have applied for jobs both here and out of state, but since the last newsletter, all I have to show for it are two interviews.  Meanwhile I have spent my spare time writing for the website, so in that sense my loss is your gain.


If you have read previous newsletters, you know that for the past three years, I have been working on a complete history of Latin America & the Caribbean, to complement the history of North America I wrote in 2006-2010.  After taking a break from that early this year, I came back to it in August, and now Chapter 5 of the series is finished and uploaded.  This chapter covers the years from 1889 to 1959, and I named it "Uncle Sam’s Backyard," because it was during this period that US influence in the region was strongest.

The finished work turned out to be quite longer than expected -– 118 pages before I converted it to HTML.  I don’t think this is the longest history paper I have written, but it comes close to a few others.  To make it a little easier to handle, I split it into five parts before uploading it.  Here are the subheadings in each part:

Part I ( )

Latin America’s Role in the World Trade Network
Enter the United States
A New Kind of Revolution
Cuba Libre!
Costa Rica: King Banana
The War of a Thousand Days
The First US Occupation
The Panama Canal
Peru: The Aristocratic Republic
Venezuela: The Tyrant of the Andes
Colombia: The Conservative Republic
The Mexican Revolution, Phase 1: Conservatives vs. Liberals

Part II ( )

Uruguay’s Welfare State
The United States Occupation of Haiti
Argentina: The Radicals In the Saddle
The Mexican Revolution, Phase 2: Moderates vs. Radicals
Independent Cuba: The Early Years
Guatemala: A Cultured Brute and a Napoleon
Brazil: The Old Republic
Honduras: La Republica de los Bananas
Chile: Parliamentary and Presidential Republics

Part III ( )

Ecuador: The Leftover Country
The Mexican Revolution, Phase 3: Coming Full Circle
The Dominican Dictator
The Chaco War
El Salvador: The Coffee Republic
Uruguay: The Terra Era
The Somoza Dynasty, Act One
Panama: The Bisected Protectorate

Part IV ( )

The Infamous Decade
Getúlio Vargas and the Estado Nôvo
Colombia: “The Revolution On the March”
The Battle of the River Plate
Bolivia: Contending Ideologies
Cuba: Batista’s First Reign
Venezuela In Transition
The Rise of Juan Perón
Haiti: Elections and Coups
Peru: APRA vs. the Army
Paraguay: The Rise of the Colorados
Costa Rica: The Unarmed Democracy
“There’s No Place Like Uruguay”
The Bolivian National Revolution

Part V ( )

Cuba: The Auténticos and the Second Batistato
Puerto Rico: “Candy-Coated Colonialism?”
The Ten Years of Spring
Getúlio Vargas, Back for an Encore
The Perón Decade
La Violencia
Venezuela: Back In the Barracks
The Cuban Revolution

This chapter ends with Fidel Castro’s conquest of Cuba in 1959, meaning we just have 54 years left to go to reach the present, so I estimate it will take one more chapter to finish this work.  While I’m working on that, enjoy this latest addition to the website!

And if you haven’t seen Chapters 1 through 4 yet, go to to read them.

Now for the other news.  Not as much as usual to report this time, because the last newsletter went out not quite five months ago.

In August I rewrote the last two papers in the Southeast Asian history series, bringing them up to date.  They were originally composed in 1989-90, and the last major update was in 2000, so those papers are in their third edition now:

For Chapter 9 of The Genesis Chronicles, I added a new section called "Unnatural Foods," which looks at how our diet has chaged since the discovery of agriculture, not always for the better:

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk already about the 2016 US presidential election, though it is still years away, and how Hillary Clinton is sure to be the Democratic candidate.  Well, not only is such talk idle speculation when done this early, but in my opinion, Hillary is too old to run again, in more ways than one.  I wrote an essay entitled "The Law of 14" to explain that:

And finally, I created a complete list of Chinese emperors, like the list of Egyptian pharaohs in the African history folder.  I wanted a list that included the mythical/legendary rulers, and used the traditional chronology.  I used to have such a list, photocopied from a book written in the 1920s or 1930s, but I haven’t seen it since moving to Kentucky.  In addition, all the Chinese history texts I have seen more recently don’t agree on dates before the eighth century B.C.  Finally, I wanted the Pinyin spelling that is used for Chinese names these days.  Well, by going through my books, and visiting several websites, I eventually gathered enough data to create the list.  This is another example of something I learned years ago in the history writing business; if you can’t find a certain text on a subject, you’re better off making it yourself!


Now what?  Of course one of my goals for 2014 is to finish the Latin American history, because I’m almost up to current events on that.  And then I should update some more of the completed papers, the way I did for Southeast Asia.  India comes to mind, because that is another series I haven’t done much with since 2000.  Of course, that will depend on what I am doing in the real world next year; who knows what will happen?


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 .  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."

And my business website:

Take Care and God Bless,

Charles Scott Kimball

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