From the monthly archives: June 2023

No group in history has been as dangerous as soldiers who feel betrayed. Whether they are conscripts, volunteers or mercenaries, the men who fought for a cause that later became reviled as failed or wrong, are neglected at great peril. From the ‘auction of the Roman empire’ in CE 193—when the wealthy senator Didius […]

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The social meaning of famine is to be found in memory.

A just-published special issue of Third World Quarterly on famine and memory, includes contributions on Bengal (India), Biafra (Nigeria),

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Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo, known as ‘Hemedti’, attracts a horrified fascination. A man of humble origins, who rose through military prowess, has a great city at his mercy. His story evokes great historical antecedents such as the Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur (1336-1405). Timur led an army of nomads that conquered Persia, captured and sacked Delhi, defeated the […]

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