Second, my contribution to the Diplomat this week involves some fun with comparative timelines:
Politics does not stop when war begins, even if war causes us to ignore everything else. Even as the American Civil War drew the world’s attention, the nations of the Asia Pacific continued to pursue their interests, and sort through their problems. The Civil War had little direct impact on the Pacific; beyond some skirmishing and political machination at the beginning of the war, the only significant Pacific action came in the form of the CSS Shenandoah, a raider which captured 38 ships towards the end of the war. Nevertheless, the North American fratricide of July 1863 was matched by instability, revolution, and state collapse in Asia.