British Singapore, Malaya, and Borneo


Please accept my apologies for the delay.  On Friday, the day Episode 23 was supposed to go up, we had a death in our household.  No, it was not a person or pet, thank God; it was our refrigerator.  Everything else had to be put on hold until the refrigerator was replaced.  Then, after that was done, I could finish recording this podcast episode.  Today we see the British Empire get involved in Southeast Asia, and learn how they gained control over Malaya, Singapore, and part of Borneo.

Permit Me To Introduce Myself

This is Charles Kimball officially entering the blogosphere. For years I didn’t think I was going to do this, inasmuch as I don’t think of something interesting to write every day. However, it looks like the time as come. In fact, I may be a little late; 2006 was the busiest year I have seen since the twenty-first century began, and some of you probably would have been interested in reading about my adventures, especially after I pulled up some very deep roots to move from Orlando, FL to Lexington, KY.

Anyway, the purpose of this blog will be threefold. First, it will promote my world history website, The Xenophile Historian, and anything related to it, like the textbook I plan to publish this year. Second, I occasionally come up with something witty enough that it’s worth repeating. In the past I would add it to a page on the website called “Random Thoughts” (a poor imitation of Thomas Sowell’s regular column by the same name). However, it would probably be more appropriate to post it here, especially if it concerns current events. Third, for my family and friends who may be reading this, I’ll be posting some of my real-world experiences, though hopefully that won’t overshadow #1 and #2 above.

Finally, in the near future, I plan to have this blog replace the page on The Xenophile Historian listing what’s new. In the meantime, until I think of something else to say, welcome!

Babylonian Crescent