Ex Libre: The Toki Onqoy Revival and ISIS

While reading and preparing for discussion sections this week, I was struck by this explanation of "revolutionary millenarianism" in Steve J. Stern's Peru's Indian Peoples and the Challenge of Spanish Conquest: Huamanga to 1640 (2nd edition 1993): The ideological core of "revolutionary millenarianism" -- then and now, in the Andes and elsewhere -- has been... Continue Reading →

Ex Libre 1

It is a widely known problem that a biographer's great love for his/her subject can produce vituperation for any other similar individual. Today I came across one of the most blunt denunciations I've ever read in a biography. Harlow Giles Unger's The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness closes, "One... Continue Reading →

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