Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Few Dollars More: Revisiting the Mau Mau Compensation

(image from http://www.maumau.news.uk.msn.com) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22986211  A few weeks ago I posted an article entitled ’30 pieces of Weregild’, in which I described the British government’s response to the Mau Mau insurgency and their eventual payment of compensation to those Kenyans directly … Continue reading

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Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency

Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency. (image from http://www.todayinirishhistory.com) This is an interesting article regarding the relative ease and frailties of both modern insurgencies and civilized life. An interesting parallel to draw between this action and the formation of … Continue reading

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Book thoughts: “Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present” by Max Boot (2013)

(image from http://www.smallwarsjournal.com) Book thoughts: “Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present” by Max Boot (2013). An interesting article on the progressive approach taken by successive generations of guerilla fighters. Interesting take on … Continue reading

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30 Pieces of Weregild

It seems that old enemies can become new friends. Old wounds can and are forgiven. But only if a price is paid. Blood money was the old fashioned term, or Weregild if you prefer the Anglo-Saxon term. Today it has fallen into … Continue reading

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