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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Tyler

Welcome to my blog

Something I had intended to set up 4 years ago, before retirement inertia set in. The present virus crisis has finally forced my hand.

Welcome to 'old' friends and new as we enjoy historical themes together.

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Read On! A General Booklist

Selection of new history books Herod the Great Martin Goodman An African History of Africa Zeinab Badawi Beyond the Wall (East Germany) (now in pbk) Katya Hoyer Killers of The Flower Moon

Select Booklist for Lockdown Lecture 20 May

The Islamic Enlightenment C de Bellaigue The Enlightenment and why it still matters A Pagden The Enlightenment J Robertson Pathfinders: Golden Age of Arabic Science J Al-Khalili The Ottoma

Lockdown Lecture Synopsis for 20 May

CHRISTIAN & MOSLEM ENLIGHTENMENT Terms Definitions & Lecture's Argument Western ideas of superiority Above belief challenged by World History Studies The Arab Golden Age precedes both Renaissance and

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20 set 2022

Naledi Pandor’s love for the communist ideology and wanting to gift Cuba R50m, money that could save children in your country from starvation. She wrote a short while ago: “The idea that by donating to Cuba, the government is taking money from South Africans is a SELFISH attitude..” What an outrageous statement, and what an insult to South Africa

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04 mag 2021

I was interested in your account of the debacle at Slapton Sands and read further to find it was even more complex as German E-Boats attacked the Americans the following day. What a nightmare.

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12 gen 2021

Hi William - thanks for your thought provoking and interesting lectures. They have been a life-line in these difficult times.

My concern rising out of your lecture today, plus my paranoia that is increasing all the time, is: what is the democratic countries of the world going to do about the rising muscle of China and it’s ambitions to control the world. Do you see a way that it will not succeed and, if so, how? I can almost accept the ambitions of Russia under Putin as I don’t think that he has the muscle or the organisational abilities or even the ambition to rule the world, but China is different. I

I would love to hear your thoughts, if…

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07 dic 2020

thanks for answering my q about NATO.

your lecture was informative, clear, engaging and stimulating. TY

Q -what role should USA assume in european political/economic affairs?

Q- could Russia be incorporated into EU/US alliance. non aggression pact not perceived as appeasement?

Q- economic future of BR/EU?

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26 mar 2020

Hello, You said this morning that you had written a blog about Latvia??? or perhaps not. Enjoyed the Baltics this morning. Thank you.

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