Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine

Michael Keyes

The Congo Free State – a colony of gross excess.

Monday, August 1st, 2011

&ldquoI foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly.”1 [Joseph Conrad] The later half of the nineteenth century saw a dramatic surge in colonial activity, as competing capitalist powers revisited mercantilism and sought to gain access to new […]

Wilderness, past and present.

Monday, August 1st, 2011

&ldquoThey took all the trees Put ’em in a tree museum And they charged the people A dollar and a half just to see ’em Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot” [Joni Mitchell. &ldquoBig Yellow Taxi”] […]

Restoration and Invention: The role of language in the invention of the Irish and Norwegian Nations.

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Nations are not such new phenomena. The concept of Irish and Norwegian Nations dates back to medieval times. What is relatively new however, is an acknowledgement on the part of the general population of their membership of the Nation. Humans are social animals and have since earliest times tended to define themselves as X, son […]

Mapping the past – the Historian’s dilemma.

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Historians take from the past only what suits their purposes. Of the last 2500 years of historiography the above statement probably holds true for most of the period and for most of the historians. It can be argued that it is the historian’s job to take from the past what suits their purpose. The Historian […]