THE HISTORY ISSUE
No. 8 — Spring 2021
The term history was derived from the greek historia, which broadly translates to an inquiry or the act of seeking knowledge. In The History Issue, that’s what we set out to do. By opening an inquiry into our global history, we can see the reverberations of the past on the present, and arguably, the future as well.
As we explore the past throughout this issue, a common thread of colonialism, and its expressions in capitalism, conquest and beyond, weaves itself through these narratives. The ghosts of colonialist policies continue to haunt our present, propagated by systems founded on them. These ghosts express themselves in the persistence of police brutality that the #EndSARS protests aim to combat, and the systemic dispossession of lands from Black Americans that Black women look to reclaim today.
The stories in this issue center around the way in which food has been used as a tool of oppression, revolution and even hope. They span from India, where farmers are fighting for their lives, to Brazil, where Afrofuturism holds promise as a decolonizing tool for the future.
Through this issue, you can explore the Indigenous practice of restoring ancestral seeds, and delve into the relationship between bakers and anarchy in Argentina. You can take a trip to France where food and politics have always been intertwined, and learn how bread spurred on an Egyptian revolution.
Plus, you can try your hand at our second Life & Thyme crossword, explore our new Letters to the Editors section, and more.