Interrogating the Project of Military History

January 16, 2004 - Had a very interesting day yesterday which, unfortunately, I don't yet have time to describe.  The high point was when I sat in on a course in colonialism, women and sexuality taught by my colleague, Claire Robertson.  The reading for the day was Jamaica Kincaid's A Small Place (1988), billed as a first-person perspective on growing up under colonialism (in her case, the Caribbean island of Antigua).  I expect to offer my extended reflections in a day or two (See Entry 8).  For now, military historians may be interested to know that Kincaid refers to Admiral Horatio Nelson as "the maritime criminal Nelson."  One way to deal with this is to roll one's eyes.  Another, better way is to ask why Kincaid might feel, to the core of her being, that the hero of Trafalgar merits that appellation, and at the same time to inquire of oneself from what corner of one's own being the urge to roll one's eyes arises.

Left:  Click map for official CIA summary of Antigua.
Above:  White devils being oppressive, as usual.

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