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.