How a Forgotten War Can Help Us Solve the Crisis in Syria

I am on Washington Post’s history blog Made by History today talking about how learning about the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) can help us better understand how to deal (or not to deal) with messy conflicts, such as, e.g., the civil war in Syria.

How A Forgotten War Can Help Us Solve the Crisis in Syria

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

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Anthony Bourdain and the Yangambi Research Library on the Congo River

Anthony Bourdain was one of the few people who touched me deeply without me ever having met him. That is why the news of his death from suicide on June 8 came as a blow that I am still grappling to understand. To commemorate a unique human being I wrote the following post on Book Riot, published on June 13, 2018.

Anthony Bourdain and the Yangambi Research Library on the Congo River.

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I have blogged about Anthony Bourdain here on The Boomerang as well.

The Yangambi Research Library.

The Literary Anthony Bourdain, Master Chef and Traveler.

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

 

 

50 Must-Read Books about Tudor England

On May 31, 2018 I published the following post on Book Riot.

50 Must-Read Books about Tudor England

50 Must-Read Books about Tudor England

Great Gate at Hampton Court Palace, London, England. Source: Wikipedia.

Tudor England. Undoubtedly one of the most intriguing historical time periods in European history. Books about Tudor England conjures images of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth as Gloriana, the Spanish Armada, and last, but absolutely not least, William Shakespeare.

But as always, there is so much more to any historical time period and to any society of the past than a few infamous personalities and events. So, too, with Tudor England.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Interview on Book Riot’s podcast Annotated

Curious to hear my voice? I am being interviewed on Book Riot’s podcast Annotated today about the scandal surrounding the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Swedish Academy. I had such a great time doing this interview. Yet another example of the awesomeness of Book Riot and the Book Riot community

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

The Nobel Prize in Literature: Where Do We Go From Here?

On May 11, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

The Nobel Prize in Literature: Where Do We Go From Here?

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 has been cancelled. Instead, two prizes will be awarded next year, while the Swedish Academy, who appoints the annual recipient of the prize, reconstitutes itself in an effort to survive the fallout of the scandal it has been embroiled in over the past several months.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is arguably the most prestigious literary award in the world. The decision to postpone the 2018 award has given rise to more questions than answers. Is the prize in jeopardy? Will the Nobel Foundation allow the Swedish Academy to continue awarding the prize? Is the Nobel Prize in Literature at all needed?

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 Cancelled in the Wake of #MeToo

On May 4, 2018, I published the following post on Book Riot.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 Cancelled in the Wake of #MeToo

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 has been cancelled in the wake of #metoo allegations, criminal investigations, conflicts of interest, and resignations by nearly half of the members of the Swedish Academy.

The decision was made during the Swedish Academy’s weekly Thursday meeting on May 3, and was made public through a press release on the morning of May 4.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Book Review for International Network for Theory of History

I have published my first book review for the International Network for Theory of History, based at Ghent University in Belgium. With this book review, I am taking yet another step in my endeavor to branch out into the sub-discipline of historiography, while at the same time continuing as an interdisciplinary historian with an interest in archaeology.

Enjoy!

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.