Heading 2


Tropicalization: American Attitudes and the Entrance of the Banana

In 1876, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, many Americans tasted a banana for the first time.[1] Wrapped in tinfoil, eaten with a fork and knife, and sold for a dime, the banana represented a luxury tropical item.[2]In attendance at the Exposition were representatives of Guatemala and Honduras, with their respective governments agreeing in 1874 to the request of the United States. Up until this point, Americans had little interaction with the Central American economy. The Centennial in part led to the mass importation of the banana, as more than 10 million Americans visited the exposition, which means about 20% of the American population attended over the six-month period. One of

Deus Vult: The Far-Right's Demented Obsession with the Middle Ages

I am a college-aged, white male interested in the history of the crusades. There was a time when this was not a dangerous demographic, but this has changed, and I dearly wish that it had not. Alt-right, white-supremacist, ultra-conservative movements now wish to claim the Middle Ages, and especially the crusades, as part of their "cultural heritage." A racially twisted version of crusade ideology has resurfaced in far-right circles on websites like 4Chan and Reddit [1]. These connections do not exist only in the United States and Europe, as Brazilian fascists in support of Bolsonaro have also appropriated the crusader war cry of “Deus Vult,” meaning “God Wills It” in Latin [2]. To be fair, I

© 2017 by Janus. Proudly created with Wix.com