In a small change from our usual routine this essay is not the product of a subscriber request but of my own addled brain, though it comes by way of a…
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I’ve unlocked this essay mostly for people who’ve stopped by from over at Discontents. For access to more essays like this, including FX’s back…
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I’m very bad at predicting which stories are going to become A Big Deal and which aren’t, so I try not to do too much of that in the regular newsletter…
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Today’s essay topic is a joint effort from The Anon: Could you do an essay on the Mongol invasions of Iran and the lasting psychological impact this has…
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I know it’s been a long absence but I’m happy to finally be able to start doing subscriber essays again on a more regular basis. If you’re unfamiliar…
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Subscriber SL asks: You've touched a little in some asides in your podcasts about how the French and British ran their interwar 'mandates' (i.e…
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In the wake of the US drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani a few days ago, I thought subscribers might appreciate a little more…
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After a long, overwork-induced hiatus, the subscriber essay is back. Our first question has to do with another 19th-20th century modernizing movement…
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This essay is free to the public, but if you’re interested in reading more like it, along with nightly news updates on international affairs, analysis…
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I’m doing something a little different for this week’s essay. Instead of picking a topic from our new list, to which I’ll get eventually, I’m…
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As we’re out of essay topics and I’ve been very remiss in not posting a new thread for requests, and as I’m too wiped out to write a whole essay today…
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I realize it’s been a couple of weeks since we left off and I apologize for that. If you need to refresh your memory, we’re working on this question…
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