Gavin Jacobson

Gavin Jacobson lives in Yangon and writes mainly about intellectual history.

There is no more Vendée: The Terror

Gavin Jacobson, 16 March 2017

Helen Maria Williams​ travelled to France in July 1790 to take part in the Fête de la Fédération that marked the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. She described the pageantry at the Champ de Mars as the ‘triumph of humankind; it was man asserting the noblest privilege of his nature; and it required but the common feelings of humanity, to become in that...

She says nothing: Rohingyas

Gavin Jacobson, 1 December 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi​’s civilian-led government is facing its most serious crisis since coming to office in March 2015. In the small hours of 9 October, as many as five hundred people, armed with knives, slingshots and pistols, launched a series of co-ordinated attacks on police outposts in Rakhine State in the north-west of Myanmar, close to the border with Bangladesh. Nine police...

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