The Spanish-American War– American Imperialism and the Unrepeatable Foreign Policy Exercise

In the 1880s, the United States decided– as the oldest and largest nation in the Western Hemisphere– to claim the role of peacekeeper for the region. The seeds for this assumption of responsibility lay in the Monroe Doctrine, which held that affairs in the Western Hemisphere were to be managed by the Western Hemisphere, without interference from Europe1. Continue reading

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The Rape of Betty Sturrock: an examination of sexual ethics

I love the movie Rob Roy, with Liam Neeson running through the heather in a kilt and Jessica Lange in a bodice. My teenage self was aware that the actual history of it was extremely fuzzy, but it’s a good story with good visuals and some cool swordfighting. My mother, however, finds it difficult to watch because of the rape scene. Continue reading