As per orders, I have been reading Froude. I read The Bow of Ulysses, and while he was obviously broadly accurate, at least in his more pessimistic outlook, I thought it was interesting that he had overestimated how bad democracy in the British West Indies would be.
A couple of days later, Kingston collapsed into civil war. Then I happened to notice that Jamaica had already had the highest murder rate in the world. It looks like this Victorian knew more about the twenty-first century than I do.
But that's by the way. I went on to his Short Studies of Great Subjects. I'm less than a quarter through, and while I can't point to any really new insights, I've suddenly found that I'm looking at a lot of things in a completely different way. The first result will be a piece on patriotism, which I'll go onto next.