Alexander III & Lenin

So, on March 13, 1881, Czar Alexander II (1818-1881) was assisinated.* Well, six years later, in 1887, a 20-year-old student-terrorist took part in a plot organized by the Will of the People (same group as before) to assassinate Alexander II’s… Read More ›


I was born in 1975. I graduated from high school in 1993. I sometimes wonder about people born after me, like, those born in the 1990s. If you were born in 1990, for example, you will turn 33-years-old this year… Read More ›

The Passing of Crowther

The Passing of Crowther by Gregory C. Eaves May 2021 Argentina to Zimbabwe, Adelaide to Zurich, the Appalachian to the Zagros, and everywhere in between. Where do you stand concerning that most extinct of species: the writer of travel guide… Read More ›

The Next War

I don’t believe countries “stumble” or “sleepwalk” into war, a common WWI trope. For example, Gavrilo Princip did not “cause” WWI. Also, I don’t believe in the Thucydides Trap, which is another common WWI trope. Emerging powers most actively go… Read More ›

Urban Life

Modern humans have only been around… what? 300’000 years, or so? Hell, there were still woolly mammoths (up until 3’~4’000 years ago) and saber-toothed smilodons (up until ~10’000 years ago) and other megafauna for a long time when modern humans… Read More ›

Vietnam & Military Victory

VIETNAM, baby! You thought defeating Tsarist Russia in 1904-1905 was something? Piffle! The Russians aren’t white, and they certainly aren’t Western. Japan did a nothing. They can’t even retain their gains. Go home, Japan. Now, let’s go look at a… Read More ›

52 Books in 2021

A Book a Week in 2021: A Reading List for 365 Days Each month there’s one novel or memoir by a women, minority or someone with an alternative voice. There’s one book about the plague. There’s one self-help/ new age/… Read More ›