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Spy’s 50th

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March 19, 2013
Spy’s 50th

John le Carré lovers like me are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the appearance of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The book is being reissued this month and le Carré has sent out his comments in an “Afterword” published in the Harper’s April 2013 edition. Here’s what the famous British spy...
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Peoples in Between – A history essay

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March 28, 2011
Peoples in Between – A history essay

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Francisus Verzuh crossed the line from Montana into Canada apparently without being noticed by the authorities that had policed the borderlands regions along the forty-ninth parallel separating the United States and Canada since the mid-1870s. By earlier standards, this was a quiet crossing. There were no United...
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Boost, boom and ‘kaboom’ – A history essay

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March 5, 2011

Few Canadians will have heard of the infamous Ludlow Massacre, a “slaughter of the innocents” at a workers’ tent city in the coalfields of Colorado in the spring of 1914. Fewer still will know that in the footnotes to that show of corporate bullying against miners and their families a familiar name pops up,...
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Real Indians didn’t work, did they? – A history essay

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December 15, 2010

The noble savage is dead. Long live the noble savage. That seems to have been the view of many politicians, land promoters, frontier boosters and historians as the nineteenth century drew to a close and western settler society clinched its hold on former aboriginal lands forever. At least that is the view that was...
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