Shawn

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Name: Shawn Smallman
Date registered: December 16, 2010
URL: http://introglobal.wpengine.com/

Latest posts

  1. Conspiracy theories documentary — December 13, 2018
  2. Blitzed: A book review — December 7, 2018
  3. The Spider’s Web- a documentary — December 1, 2018
  4. The Great Firewall of China — November 26, 2018
  5. Exodus: Climate Migration — November 15, 2018

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Dec 13

Conspiracy theories documentary

I’ve long been fascinated by conspiracy theories. My interest first began when I was doing fieldwork in Latin America around HIV and AIDS, and heard many narratives about either how the virus was created, or how wealthy corporations were hiding a cure. I then heard conspiracy theories from my students in my classes, who argued that …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/12/conspiracy-theories-documentary/

Dec 07

Blitzed: A book review

Norman Ohler’s Blitzed is a disturbing, engaging and insightful look into how drugs shaped the lives of both soldiers and leaders in Nazi Germany. At the same time that drug addicts were being sent to the concentration camps, military researchers in Germany were testing the effects of Pervitin -a brand name for methamphetamine- upon soldiers. When …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/12/blitzed-a-book-review/

Dec 01

The Spider’s Web- a documentary

“The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire” is a documentary produced for 4,000 pounds, which traces how the City of London manages tens of trillions of dollars. The City of London itself is a bizarre structure, separate from the London with which we are all familiar. This strange subset of the city has its own governmental …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/12/the-spiders-web/

Nov 26

The Great Firewall of China

In the summer of 2017 I traveled in Hong Kong and Macau, and visited Shenzhen. During my time in Hong Kong I was able to use the internet, and relied on Google Maps to find street markets when I became lost. Of course I’d heard about the Great Firewall of China, which is also called …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/11/the-great-firewall-of-china/

Nov 15

Exodus: Climate Migration

The Weather Channel has an online reporting series called Exodus: the Climate Migration Crisis, which examines how climate change is impacting diverse communities globally. This is an ongoing series, which will be updated throughout the year. Each article combines well-written text with beautiful photography, for topics as diverse as water shortages in Jordan, to the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/11/exodus-rising-seas/

Nov 07

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

The 1918 influenza pandemic was the disease outbreak that took the greatest toll in the twentieth century. Globally, perhaps between fifty and a hundred million people died. There are a wealth of wonderful books on the topic. I particularly recommend both Alfred Crosby, America’s Forgotten Pandemic and John Barry, The Great Influenza. Eileen Pettigrew’s Silent Enemy is an …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/11/the-1918-flu/

Oct 29

Brazil and populism

Few topics have attracted as much writing in recent years as the rise of populism and nationalism. I was interviewed recently by a student reporter at PSU, who wanted to talk to me about Jair Bolsanaro’s rise in Brazil. How does a politician -who served as an officer during the dictatorship, and has made offensive …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/10/the-rise-of-populism/

Oct 25

Wylding Hall, a book review for Halloween

Every year I cover an appropriate international mystery for Halloween. For example, last year I talked about ghosts of Hong Kong and Macau. Earlier this month I talked about the ghost ship the Baltimore, which was found with only a single survivor, a woman, who soon vanished from Nova Scotia and was never seen again. This year …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/10/book-review-of-wylding-hall/

Oct 20

Northern Supernatural

Every Halloween I do a post on global folklore or an international mystery, from a haunted building in Hong Kong, to the mystery of the ghost ship Baltimore. This year I’m doing some additional posts on this theme, because I want to share a wonderful BBC podcast, the Supernatural North. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough travels to Norway …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/10/scandinavian-supernatural/

Oct 19

The Venezuelan migration crisis

Christine Armario has an outstanding article “I’ll walk in my broken shoes: Mom, daughter flee Venezuela,” which was just published by the Associated Press. In general, I try to avoid just sharing a link on this blog, because this isn’t a news aggregation site. Still, this article conveys the reality of what many Venezuelans are …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/10/the-venezuelan-migration-crisis/

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