1977 witnessed some interesting developments in the History Department. There occurred in July, according to informed observers, a palace revolution. The details of the coup are unclear but the generalissimo disappeared for several months. It seems that he took refuge in the feudatory of Queensland.
Into the power vacuum, a young Turk stepped blythly. He withstood the trials of office, maintained law and order and held firm sway over aristocracy and peasants alike. He participated in democratic meetingism in the executive suite and mulled over the problem of smokers' rights in the staff room.
His demise came with the return of the Shogun in Term 3. Since then an uneasy calm has followed. Rebels have gone into a self imposed exile. The serfs have continued to survey, essay and depth study untroubled by and scarcely aware of, the shifts of power.