From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #3 Kazakhstan in the grip of a dictator

Originally posted on Marcus Ampe's Space:
In 2011 the Republic of Kazakhstan faced her first serious demonstration for higher wages, bringing the country into a crisis. Kicked off in the oil production centre of Zhanaozen in western Kazakhstan, the regime responded with deadly force and 14 people died. Nazarbayev asked Tony Blair for help…

From a land 90 times Belgium: Kazakhstan #2 Natural wealth attractive to Russia as well as Europe

Originally posted on Marcus Ampe's Space:
Dungan girls (coming from descendants of Hui that came to Central Asia) in Shor-Tyube, Kazakhstan In 1975 the Kazakh S.S.R. was made up of 19 regions including 82 cities and 183 semi-urban settlements, a total population estimated at 14.170.000. The Kazakh people then were mainly Muslims, who spoke…

Elizabeth I in Archives and Collections

Originally posted on The Iron Room:
During the 15th and early 16th century Birmingham was increasing in status as an affluent market town. The industry of Birmingham was largely centred around farming, and associated trades. There was a move from rearing cattle for beef to the more labour-intensive rearing cattle for dairy, which in turn…

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Originally posted on Imperial & Global Forum:
Dune / Production Stills / Warner Brothers Pictures Marc-William PalenHistory Department, University of ExeterFollow on Twitter @MWPalen From Joseph Schumpeter and the economics of imperialism to Frank Herbert the Republican Salafist, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. Joseph Schumpeter and the Economics of Imperialism…

Bristol, Colston and Colonial Trade, 1580-1780

Originally posted on Andrew James:
Foreground: The ‘Drowning’ of Edward Colston, 2020 Above: Edward Colston’s statue towards Bristol harbour. Photograph from The Guardian Weekly, 12 June 2020, by Giulia Spadafora, Getty. The heart-breaking, public and blatant murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020 has fuelled a storm of protests…

Christmas in Eastern Orthodox Churches

Originally posted on Andrew James:
English: Russian poet Boris Pasternak. Русский: Русский поэт Борис Пастернак. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Happy Christmas (when it comes; Christmas Day is on 7th in the Julian calendar) to all my Russian friends, colleagues, and former Russian-speaking students, as well as to other Eastern Orthodox adherents from other cultures. Just as…

Rest in Peace, Rise In Glory!

I remember the visit of ‘the Arch’ to Birmingham (National Exhibition Centre) in 1988, shortly before the release of Nelson Mandela and the collapse of Apartheid South Africa. As a member of the organising committee for this, we were concerned that both we and he would be disappointed that we had not succeeded in fillingContinue reading “Rest in Peace, Rise In Glory!”

Living and Loving Faithfully

Originally posted on Andrew James:
A Response to the Church of England’s Document and Discourse on Sexuality, Marriage and Gender. From Nanette Newman’s God Bless Love: A collection of children’s sayings. London: Collins, 1972. New Testament Marriage, Blessings &?Covenants: This year, in England and Wales at least, the ‘Gay Marriage‘ controversy has been hitting the…