The difficult birth of independent Mongolia

“Let every Mongolian, Russian, Tibetan, and Chinese person know that we have heard that the Chinese have revolted against the Manchu and the Qing empire is presently in collapse. Mongolia […]

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Chinese Bolsheviks in the Russian revolution – and an old slander that echoes down the generations

A friend who is of Ukrainian ancestry, and who supports  the right of Ukraine to be free from the boot of Russian militarism, as I do, recently shared with me […]

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Conspiracies, exposés, and revolutionary morality – a discussion in 140 characters  

When I published a post critical of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics – How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment last week, it prompted an exchange on Twitter […]

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A country of inveterate, backwoods, thick-headed, egotistical philistines

The period of the Liberal government in New Zealand from 1890 to 1912, was one of unprecedented general prosperity – in comparison with the rest of the world – the […]

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