Category Archives: Other Writing

“A Kingdom Set Aflame”: Diego de Almagro and the Struggle for Spanish Peru

  For ten months in 1536 the city of Cuzco had been under siege: The Spaniards who had only recently seized control of it now found themselves facing a revolt. Manco Capac, a member of the Inca royal family whom they had elevated to the position of “Great Inca” in the hope of placing a […]

The Conservative Moment: Japan, 1954-60

Looking backwards on the course of Japanese history, it becomes clear that the premiership of Yoshida Shigeru served to establish the course of both foreign and domestic policy for decades to follow. Yet such an observation was far from obvious in 1954 when Yoshida was forced to resign his position. Yoshida could easily be explained […]