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  • n. Plural form of foederatus.


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  • "I don't have regrets - yet - about using the word foederati to describe Pakistani troops working with the American security services, in the first sentence of an article for the London Review of Books. It's an archaic term from the Roman Empire, but it is also a precise way to describe the relationship between the US and certain key allies: not colonial, not feudal, not contractual, and not exactly voluntary, either, just an understanding that, in certain circumstances and in exchange for certain favours, troops will be supplied to fight in an American cause. Perhaps it is a word, like albedo, whose time has come again." --"From albedo to zugunruhe" by James Meek

    April 30, 2010