The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #28
( 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 podcast.
For this newsletter I have exactly two announcements. That’s right, just two. For one thing, it has only been four months since the last newsletter came out. And since then, I have added more pictures to existing pages and corrected a few typos, but that was never stuff I considered worthy of announcing. Also, I have been busy in the outside world lately. Nevertheless, I managed to stick to my goals of what I wanted on both the Website and the podcast. So this newsletter will be short and sweet, compared with previous ones.
On the website itself, I completed the history of the fourteen South Pacific nations. Chapter 5 covers events from 1945 to the present. As it turned out, the most convenient way to present the subject was to divide it into four parts. Here are the URLs for the webpages, and the subheadings for each one:
First, A Word on the Cargo Cults
The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and Nearby Atolls
Australia: The Menzies Era
Rabbits Gone Wild
Recolonial New Zealand
Independence Comes to the Islands
Western New Guinea: From One Colonial Overlord to Another
Nauru and Tonga
Papua New Guinea
The Solomon Islands
Tuvalu and Kiribati
The Free Association States
The Australian Constitutional Crisis
Australia in Recent Years
New Zealand: Labour and National Reforms
The Smaller Island Nations Since Independence
The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and Palau
Fiji: Too Early to Tell
Kiribati: Every Day and Every Year Begin Here
Tuvalu: The First Nation to Go Under?
Nauru: The Island That Lost its Future
Papua New Guinea: A Troubled Young Nation
Samoa: No Longer Western, But Looking Southwest
The Solomon Islands: Are They A Nation Yet?
Tonga: It’s Good to Be King
Vanuatu: Harmony With Disunity
New Caledonia: Unfinished Business
Conclusion for the Islands
However, I have one more task, requiring another history paper, before I will consider the South Pacific project finished. That task is to write a history of the exploration of Antarctica, so the Antarctic can be included somewhere on the website. I decided the best place for an essay on the South Pole would be to put it with the ones on the South Pacific, because most of the South Pacific is below the equator, too, and Chapters 1-3 also had much to say about exploration. Come back in 2017 to read one more chapter!
The other news is that my podcast, on the history of Southeast Asia, continues to grow by leaps and bounds. As of November 21, 2016, nine episodes have been recorded and uploaded, ten if you count the introduction. So far there have been 4,710 downloads, to 3,355 devices (computers, laptops and smart phones). Divide that by ten, and it works out to an estimated 335 listeners. Most of that happened because I have successfully promoted the podcast, especially on Facebook. Hopefully it won’t be long before I have enough listeners and downloads to attract a sponsor, and then I can make some money from this venture.
At the rate I am going, two episodes per month that average forty minutes each, I expect it will take the rest of this year to get finished with the Middle Ages, and I probably won’t cover twentieth-century conflicts (e.g., World War II, the Vietnam War) until sometime in 2018. Still, as I have done on the website, I plan to include interesting content in each episode, including a number of strange and obscure stories the listeners probably haven’t heard before.
Since getting started last June, I have submitted the podcast’s RSS feed to four popular websites that host podcasts, and have found three more websites that posted links to the episodes without any input from me. Therefore, at this time I know of eight sites where you can listen to or download the episodes:
Blubrry, the original host ( https://www.blubrry.com/hoseasia/ )
And again, here is the podcast’s Facebook page:
If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, check it out!
So there you have it. For the near future, I will continue putting out podcast episodes, and compose the Antarctica page mentioned above. Then I will probably update another history series. Most likely it will be the Russian history, because I finished the last chapter in 2000, right after Boris Yeltsin resigned, so maybe now it is time to cover all the things Vladimir Putin has done to revive the Russian state, and what the other former Soviet republics think about that.
And when that is done, sometime in 2017, I think it will finally be time to write the Central Asian history I have been promising to myself for a quarter century, so at last I can say The Xenophile Historian contains the history of the rise and fall of just about everybody. Thank you for reading and listening. If you observe holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, have a great holiday season, and I’ll see you in the New Year!
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:
Take Care and God Bless,
Charles Scott Kimball
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