Tag Archives: Imperialism

Harrowing Statues: Pliny, Hannibal, and Cecil Rhodes

History is like a bad dream from which one cannot wake. Though undoubtedly related to what once must have been real, history merely exists in our collective and individual imaginations and re-imaginations. It is shaped by our fantasy and wishful … Continue reading

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Imperialism, Linguistic Diversity, and Common Language

A few thoughts on occasion of Language Festival 2013. By the mid first century AD, when the Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote his monumental Natural History, Rome had become an empire of global significance and enormous dimensions. It held … Continue reading

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