Peter Smith

Publications, Lectures and Other Stuff

Peter Smith. ‘Shoghi Effendi and the Baha’is of Australia and New Zealand, 1922–1937’

Abstract: Shoghi Effendi’s letters were a major inspiration for the early Baha’is of Australia and New Zealand. The present paper summarizes the main themes and concerns of these letters during … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Smith. ‘The Baha’i Faith: Distribution Statistics, 1925–1949’

Abstract A survey of Baha’i global distribution statistics from the time of their first appearance in 1925 up to 1949. No official data for actual Baha’i populations was published at … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Smith. ‘Babi–Baha’i Expansion and “Geo-Cultural Breakthroughs”.’

Abstract Utilising the concept of “geo-cultural breakthroughs,” the article briefly describes the process of Babi-Baha’i expansion, tracing the way in which the early Babi movement was later transformed into the … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Advice to My Younger Self

I just posted this on Facebook and am reposting it here — “My advice to my younger self (& anyone else who finds any of this relevant)”. In no particular … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

On Teaching English Skills in a Globalized World

One of my friends has been teaching English in Thailand for many years and has kindly allowed me to repost some of his recent observations on ‘how English could be … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Movies about Poland since World War I

Some Movies about Poland since World War I. 1. Katyń is a 2007 Polish film about the 1940 Katyn massacre, directed by Academy Honorary Award winner Andrzej Wajda. 2. Schindler’s … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Responses to low birth rates

Whilst many countries continue to have high birth rates (& often high levels of youth unemployment), some now have birthrates which are too low to maintain their exiting population size. … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment