I noticed The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century is $3.49 on Kindle. So I got it. It’s 500 pages and people complain it’s too academic. So what else could I do?
Tanner Greer, China’s Plans to Win Control of the Global Order, and Francis Fukuyama, What Kind of Regime Does China Have? The real issue is that noninterventionist soft-authoritarianism was fine. Interventionist totalitarianism? That’s different. As Fukuyama and Greer both note the latter is more an aspiration than a reality. We’ll see.
Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice’s evolution, spread across Asia. The argument here is that Austro-Asiatic migrations were triggered by this cooling event.
The End of the Harvard Century. Again, about China. The issue here is Harvard needs to figure out what it’s about: power or scholarship? Scholarship gives one freedom to think. Power means one can’t afford to consider practicalities.