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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy 

When you think about developing economies, the primary thought that springs to mind is how different the political landscape is from the West. In the West, it’s hard to imagine that there is no issue of political rivalry, there are no epic battles and there is no glory for those who are good at winning. 631 more words


Revisiting Kipling’s Kim

By Jeremy Wikeley

Over the summer I read Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim for the first time. I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to. 854 more words


Dr. James Barry: Transgender Army Surgeon

James Barry was born sometime between 1780 and 1799, probably in Ireland, and christened Margaret Ann Bulkley. The Bulkley family came into financial hardship when Barry was a teenager.  750 more words


The Imperial Idea, its Imperfect Execution, and its Eventual Undoing


One of the most interesting aspects of our civilization today — what I call industrial-technological civilization — is that its emergence can be pinpointed in space and time to a much greater degree of precision than most major historical developments. 926 more words

Historical Viability

Interview: Terri Snyder, The Power to Die

Terri Snyder is Professor of American Studies at California State University at Fullerton who specializes in slavery and gender. She received her PhD in 1992 from the University of Iowa. 2,106 more words


The Borders of Pakistan

Pakistan is situated in the Middle East, and is positioned in both the eastern and northern hemispheres. It shares its borders with the Arabian Sea, Iran, Afghanistan, India and China! 368 more words

A Place Called Winter

Something perverse happens when Patrick Gale publishes a new novel!  I buy it immediately and then wait for an extended time before reading it.  This is odd because the wait for the next book always seems longer than necessary (why is he taking so long?) yet once I start reading, I know I will get through it as quickly as possible and emerge from the pages back with another long wait for another new novel.   381 more words