- That time Russians explored the world via flotilla Yelena Furman, Los Angeles Review of Books
- The origins of globalisation can be found in the deep past Daniel Lord Smail, History Today
- What it’s like to be a lawyer for the New York Times Preet Bharara, New York Times
- Capitalists, not socialists, pose the greatest threat to capitalism Randall Holcombe, the Hill
- The need for class politics Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
- “Do not dig a grave for someone else!”
- Has the Tervuren Central African museum been decolonized? Tyler Cowen, MR
- The nativists have won in Europe Krishnadev Calamur, the Atlantic
That’s the subject of my latest at RealClearHistory (I submitted it before the vicious, anti-Muslim shooting in New Zealand occurred). An excerpt:
7. Chios massacre (March – July 1822). The Ottomans were bad people for a few centuries during the Middle Ages (RealClearHistory has more on the Ottomans here). In 1822, Istanbul massacred 52,000 Greeks on the island of Chios during the Greek War of Independence. The massacre was used deftly by imperial proponents in London, Paris, and Moscow, and further isolated the Ottomans from European diplomacy. As for the inhabitants of Chios, most were apathetic toward the rebellion until the massacre.
Here’s another one:
5. Massacre of the Latins (1182). In the 12th century, Roman Catholics in Constantinople, the capital city of the Roman Empire, were known as Latins and in 1182 they were slaughtered, driven out of the city, or sold into slavery. Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have died. The massacre occurred because the vast majority of non-Roman Catholic inhabitants were much poorer than the Latins of the city, due to the latter’s connections to the wealthy city-states on the Italian peninsula (Venice, Genoa, Pisa, etc.). The massacre also made it harder for the Pope to unify the Christian world, as the split between Catholic and Orthodox sects only became more hardened.
Lots of bad things have happened in Turkey and Greece and over the years. Please, read the rest. There’s more massacres, but also thoughts on the genocide-versus-massacre debate, and the sheer lack of knowledge that humanity possesses in regards to its own history.
- The last (effortless) rulers of the world Branko Milanovic, globalinequality
- How TikTok is rewriting the world John Herrman, New York Times
- Empires of the weak: European imperialism reconsidered Peter Gordon, Asian Review of Books
- The place that launched a thousand ships Sean McMeekin, Literary Review
- To love is no easy task (America is just fine) Rachel Vorona Cote, New Republic
- Chronic vomiting (medical marijuana) Christopher Andrews, OUPblog
- The Neanderthal renaissance Rebecca Wragg Sykes, Aeon
- A mild defense of Andrew Johnson (the American president) RealClearHistory