Books of 2019!

As of this writing, I have read 53 nonfiction books in 2019, although I am still working on finishing several others. However, since I don’t expect to be finishing any of the books I am reading right now in the next month, I thought now wouldn’t be a bad time to do a annual recap of all the books I read in 2019 🙂 Here are all the books I read in 2019 (not in order): The Struggle for Algeria — Joseph Kraft The Condition of the Working Class in England —… Read More

Book Review: "Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent: 1865-1923" – Jeff Sahadeo

Book #53 of 2019! As the second book about Uzbekistan that I have read in 2019, I was quite disappointed with this book. There doesn’t seem to be a point to this book other than to argue that colonialism and colonial society is multifaceted and complex. Other than reading about how Tashkent became one of the largest and most important cities in Russian Turkestan, the 1892 Cholera Riots, and how the Tashkent Soviet crushed Kokand, I didn’t find this book very informative or useful.

The Permanent War Economy and Deindustrialization

(Image: Detroit, Michigan, the former centre of America’s auto industry. Source) Politicians of all political stripes like to dress inflated military budgets, and the wicked arms deals that frequently accompany them, in terms of “job creation.” Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, arguing against any reduction in military funding, claimed that any decrease “would result in job cuts that would add potentially 1 (percentage point) to the national unemployment rate.”[1] Here in Canada, both Stephen Harper and his Liberal counterpart Justin Trudeau have justified the $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia,… Read More