The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #27
( 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 more.
This time the main announcement is that I am trying a new online venture — podcasting. I was prompted to do this by my discovery last fall, that history-related podcasts were appearing all over the World Wide Web. There are no longer just a few individuals in the business, like Dan Carlin. Most of the podcasts I listened to were enjoyable, especially if I learned something, but with those that weren’t so good, my reaction was, “I can do better than that!” In June one of the podcasters I listened to went on Facebook and asked for comments, and when I told him about the episode where I thought I could have done better, he agreed!
After that, I considered making my own history podcast, But I didn’t want to start by doing a topic that someone else had already covered. Thus, I considered what areas of history I am strong at, and one of them is Southeast Asian history. A quick Google search told me that no one is doing a podcast on that yet, so that became my subject. I read up on how to make a podcast, bought a good microphone, chose a host for the MP3 files, wrote my first script, and off I went. There were some technical issues when I uploaded the first episode on June 29, and they were resolved on July 1, so I consider July 1 the official launch date for the podcast. That episode was just an introduction, and the second episode began the actual historical narrative; I uploaded it on July 15.
Thus, the History of Southeast Asia Podcast is fully underway. My goal is to upload two episodes a month, each around 30 minutes in length. Let’s see how long I can keep it going; if I make it to the mid-twentieth century, this will become the official podcast about the Vietnam War, among other things. Next, I want to get some advertisers, and otherwise find ways to make money doing this, because I am still out of work at this time. Here is the URL that goes directly to my host. Check it out.
You can also subscribe to it on iTunes:
And I made a page on Facebook to promote the podcast:
Now, what is happening back on the main website? Another chapter in my South Pacific history series has been completed and uploaded, as you might expect if you have read my previous newsletters. In composing Chapter 4, the main issue was that since we only have 102 years to cover to get to the present (1914-2016), should it all be done in one chapter? At first I thought so, but then it occurred to me that the part dealing with World War I & II in the South Pacific can stand by itself, and I am keeping you from seeing it if I wait until the postwar material is done before uploading everything. Thus, the narrative now has Chapter 4 for the period between 1914 and 1945, and a future Chapter 5 will go from 1945 to the present. Here is how the chapter is organized:
Chapter 4: The Great Pacific War
1914 to 1945
World War I: The Prologue
The Pacific Islands in the Interwar Period
The Interwar Years: Australia
The Cactus War and the Emu War
New Zealand: Between Liberal and Labour
"Under A Jarvis Moon"
The Flight of Amelia Earhart
The Pacific War Begins
From Pearl Harbor to the Coral Sea
The Battle of Midway: The Tide Turns
The New Guinea Campaign, Part 1
The New Guinea Campaign, Part 2
Climbing the Solomon Islands, and Part 3 of the New Guinea Campaign
The Pacific Drive
The Last Carrier vs. Carrier Battle
The End of the War is in Sight
As for existing pages on the site, I only have one update to report, but it’s a big one. In May I went back to the Russian history series. This time I did a major rewrite Chapter 2, the Medieval Russia chapter. The motivation is the same that prompted me to compose Chapter 1 in 2013; I felt the need to give equal time for non-Russians living in places that would be considered part of Russia in later eras. For medieval times, that will include the Mongols, Germans, and Lithuanians. I ended up adding so much new content, including pictures, that I split Chapter 2. The new Chapter 2, called “Kievan Russia,” covers the years from 862 to 1300, while the material for the years 1300-1682 became a new Chapter 3, called “Muscovite Russia.” Of course the chapters that were previously numbered 3-5 were renumbered 4-6. Chapters 2 and 3 are now organized thusly:
Chapter 2: Kievan Russia
862 to 1300
The Kievan Principality
A Christian Russia
The Decline of Kiev
The Mongol Conquest
The Baltic Crusades Begin
The Golden Horde
Chapter 3: Muscovite Russia
1300 to 1682
The Rise of Lithuania
The Rise of Muscovy
The Golden Horde Breaks Up
Ivan the Great
Ivan the Terrible
North to the Orient
The Time of Troubles
The Conquest of Siberia
Russia Under the Early Romanovs
That’s it already. Concerning what’s next, just two things come to mind. First, I will finish the South Pacific history series; doing that by the end of this year is a worthy goal. Second, I will build on the new History of Southeast Asia podcast; how far can I go with this? Thank you for reading and listening, and have a great life until we touch base again! ‘Bye for now.
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."
My business website:
And my page on Tsu.
Take Care and God Bless,
Charles Scott Kimball
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