The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #26
( 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. It has been nine months since I wrote you, and I don’t know about you, but they have been difficult months for me. I lost my job last spring, I haven’t found another one yet, and there have been two deaths in my family: my father in July and my uncle in September. Of course I’ve been hoping 2016 will go better, but look at the news; what a roller coaster ride this year has been so far! But the main purpose of this newsletter is not to tell you about my troubles, it is to tell you what is new on the website, "my other child," so to speak.
Uh, maybe I should stop calling it that, since as of last December, The Xenophile Historian turned eighteen years old! How long is that in Internet time, more than a century? Anyway, I have continued to work on it, especially now during those winter days when my wife and I are snowed in. Read on to find out what has been added.
Long-time readers will know that the main announcement in each of these newsletters is usually a new history paper on the site. That is true here, but when it was completed, I did not send out this newsletter right away, because I did not want the new chapter to be the only item worth mentioning. Anyway, over the course of 2015 I wrote a third chapter to the growing South Pacific history series, this time covering the years from 1781 to 1914. I called it "Pulled Into the Modern World," because this was when Europe and the United States spread Western civilization to the South Pacific. At the beginning of this period, the explorers of the Pacific Ocean were nearly finished with their work, so hunters, merchants and missionaries took their place. Finally six nations (United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands) divided the lands and seas of this region between themselves. In the first decade of the twentieth century, Australia and New Zealand went from being British colonies to independent members of the British Commonwealth of Nations, but the other islands of the South Pacific will not become independent until the final chapter of this work — if they become independent at all.
My oh my, I did not know what I was getting into when I began doing the research for Chapter 3! Because Chapters 1 & 2 were not all that long, I expected Chapter 3 would be the same. But when I hit the books and read up on this period, I found out how little I really knew, especially on the New Zealand wars between the Maori and the settlers, and the exploration of the Australian outback. To do the subjects justice, what I ended up writing was nearly as long as the history papers I did in 2010-14 on my previous project, the history of Latin America. And because I stopped with 1914, the year that World War I began, now I am wondering if it will be better to write one chapter or two, to cover the final century before the present.
Now here are the links to the four parts of Chapter 3, and lists of the topics covered:
Chapter 3: Pulled Into the Modern World
1781 to 1914
Mutiny on the Bounty
New Holland Becomes Australia
The Impact of Western Contact
The Traders and Whalers
Unrest In the Islands
The Society Islands
Kamehameha the Great
The Last of the Tasmanians
Britain Claims New Zealand
The Tahitian Kingdom
A French Foothold on New Caledonia
The Maori Wars
The Wairau Massacre, the Bay of Islands War, and the Wellington/Whanganui Battles
The Taranaki Wars
The Kingdom of Hawaii
William Lunalilo and David Kalakaua
There’s Gold Down Under . . .
. . . And in New Zealand, Too
Tonga: The Restored Monarchy
Cakobau Unites and Delivers Fiji to Britain
The Unification and Division of Samoa
Taming the Outback
The Gregory Brothers
The Burke and Wills Expedition
And the Rest
The Bush Culture
Dividing What’s Left
America’s Imperialist Adventure
Australia: Six Colonies = One Commonwealth
New Zealand Follows a Different Drummer
OK, what else is going on? Well along with a big new chapter, there is also a big update. In December I updated the Chinese history series, to include events that have happened in the People’s Republic and on Taiwan since 2000. Even if you read Chapter 7 in the past, it would be worth your while to read it again; that many changes have been made in the rewrite. Here is the URL and updated list of subheadings:
The Establishment of the People’s Republic
The Great Leap Forward
"Women Hold Up half of the Heavens"
The Cultural Revolution
The Lifting of the Bamboo Curtain
Tragedy at Tiananmen
The Rise of the Mainland Technocracy
China in the Twenty-First Century (so far)
Today’s China Syndrome
Taiwan: The Little Dragon
Meanwhile, with the already existing papers on the website, I am still finding new stuff to add, and I don’t mean new pictures or spelling corrections (pictures and corrections aren’t big enough to mention here). I am talking about anecdotes that provide a whole paragraph of material, or even a whole section. Stuff I did not know about when I composed those papers, but now is too good to leave out. The material was also posted on my blog ( https://xenohistorian.wordpress.com ), so for the whole stories, you can go there, of click on the URLs below that interest you:
Mt. Pelée Kills St. Pierre
The South Sea Bubble
The Real Zorro Was a Woman
Two Slave Revolts in Colonial Latin America
http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la02b.html#N_52_ and http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la04c.html#BH
Due to Lack of Interest, World War III was Canceled
How James Bond Got Started in Africa, During World War II
In January, I added Paypal links to most of the pages on the website with the words “Support This Site!”, so that those who feel inclined can make financial contributions. I got the idea from the podcasts I have been listening to lately; they are supported by either donations or advertising. The donation buttons will serve the same reason as the Google ads on my webpages. Don’t worry, I plan to keep the content on the website free, except for what goes into any future books I write. You may consider the donation buttons the online version of the jar near a musician or sushi chef in a restaurant; if you like what you see and want to encourage me to produce more, feel free to leave a tip.
And finally, at the end of January, I discovered a new social network, Tsu.co, which shows promise. While it works a lot like Facebook, they don’t allow the worst nonsense, like spam and chain letters. Also, any original content you post there (messages, pictures, etc.) is yours to keep, and they pay you a little money for your postings. Check out Tsu and see if it is for you. I look forward to seeing you there!
Here is your Tsu invitation.
So what am I planning for 2016? Mainly completing as much as I can on the South Pacific history, of course. With the Chinese pages updated, maybe I will update the Russian pages next, because Russia and neighbors like the Ukraine have been in the news so much. And then maybe I will tackle Central Asia, and achieve my life goal of writing the history of just about everybody. May 2016 be a better for you than 2015 was, and keep on reading!
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.
My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."
And my business website:
Take Care and God Bless,
Charles Scott Kimball