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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

History and the FDR wars

by Tibor R. Machanvia YumaSun.com
Saturday, June 3, 2006

When I went to college I had my biggest problem with the discipline of history…

Analysis and Commentary

An Imperial Divergence

by Niall Fergusonvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, June 3, 2006

Sir John Elliott concludes this magisterial comparative history of empire in the Americas with a striking counterfactual sketch, imagining a different royal patron for Christopher Columbus and a different fate for the New World: "If [England's] Henry VII had been willing to sponsor Columbus's first voyage," he writes, "and if an expeditionary force of [Englishmen] had conquered Mexico for Henry VIII, it is possible to imagine a ... massive increase in the wealth of the English crown as growing quantities of American silver flowed into the royal coffers; the development of a coherent imperial strategy to exploit the resources of the New World; the creation of an imperial bureaucracy to govern the settler societies and their subjugated populations; the declining influence of parliament in the national life, and the establishment of an absolutist English monarchy financed by the silver of America…