The Treaty of Bardo and Italy’s Empire

We had a request for “a general history of Italy’s colonies in North and East Africa,” which is way too big a topic for one essay, but I think we can look at how Italy came to have an empire at all and why that empire began in East Africa, which is not what the Italians… Continue reading The Treaty of Bardo and Italy’s Empire

Europe/Americas update: August 1 2017

You may have noticed that I’ve been away for a couple of weeks. While I’m absolutely not going to try to catch you up on everything that’s happened while I’ve been away, I will be interspersing the usual daily news with a few stories that developed over that time. EUROPE RUSSIA On Sunday, Russian President… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 1 2017

The qualities of empire

Remember that story I mentioned around here a couple of weeks ago, the one about the Spanish treasure galleon (the San José) whose 18th century wreckage was just discovered off the coast of Colombia? Yesterday, Africa is a Country published an interesting piece about the provenance and the proper destination of that find by Camilo… Continue reading The qualities of empire

Today in Central Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)

The Durand Line, AKA “the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” is one of those legacies of colonial times that everybody’s still, unfortunately, living with today. Named after the guy who dreamed it up, British Foreign Secretary for India (at the time) Sir Mortimer Durand, it was meant to fix the border between British India and… Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Durand Line is drawn (1893)