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Hausmann on Boeck, 'Imperial Boundaries: Cossack Communities and Empire-Building in the Age of Peter the Great'
Reviewer: Guido HausmannTitle: Imperial Boundaries: Cossack Communities and Empire-Building in the Age of Peter the GreatAuthor: Brian J. BoeckRead more »
A notorious propaganda story told by Adolf Hitler about himself can now be exposed as a lie. The Führer claimed that the First World War ended for him when he was blinded in a British mustard gas attack, but previously unpublished letters reveal that his blindness was in fact caused by a mental illness – undermining the "war hero" image used to such political effect by the dictator.Read more »
Ironically for a man who had claimed that the revolutionaries trying to topple him were rats and cockroaches, Moammur el-Gaddafi took his final refuge in a drainpipe. A French Mirage jet which had attacked and scattered the convoy in which he was trying to flee was responsible for the dictator taking such an ignominious abode, but it was in the hands of the angry mob of fighters who recorded his last moments on video that Colonel Gaddafi met his bloody end.
A forensic student reconstructs the head of a Stone Age youth known as Viste Boy. Archaeologists believe he lived in the Vistehola cave near Stavanger, Norway.Read more »
An archaeological excavation at the site of a 2,700-year-old Etruscan settlement has turned up two images of childbirthRead more »
It has been the nation’s favourite game for centuries.And now historians have discovered evidence that suggests football is actually 350 years older than first thought.Experts believed the modern version of the game was established in the 19th century, with earlier matches involving barbaric scraps between dozens of players on pitches two miles long.However, documents suggest that British royals hosted less chaotic games in their courtyards in the late 15th century....Read more »
Found, the Viking war lord buried in his boat: 1,000-year-old tomb of Norse invader and weapons of war
Judging from the opulence of his tomb, he was a revered Viking warrior destined to take his place in Valhalla among the honoured dead.Laid to rest in a 17ft boat with his sword, axe and bronze drinking horn, the powerful Norseman’s burial site has been discovered by archaeologists in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands.The grave, unearthed in Ardnamurchan, is the first of its kind to be found intact on the British mainland and is thought to date from 1,000AD – the height of the ‘Second Viking Age’....Read more »
It's sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, sometimes strange...but without a doubt, the Halloween candies always taste good.Behind all the costumes, candies and pumpkins, there lies the strange story of Halloween...Read more »
Mary Chesnut, wife of U.S. Sen. James Chesnut Jr. of South Carolina on the eve of the Civil War — a man who played a pivotal role in the war's first shot at Fort Sumter and later served as an aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, wrote an extensive diary widely praised as one of that era's greatest works of literature.But she also collected a few hundred photographs, primarily of the people who were her subjects. These photos likely jogged her memory as she continued to rework her diary up throughout Reconstruction and until her death in 1886.Read more »
While hunting for new voters, both the conservative Christian Democratic Union and the center-left Social Democratic Party courted veterans of Hitler's Waffen-SS after World War II. A recent study illustrates how the major parties were taken advantage of in the process.Read more »
This clip comes from a recently-released 1 March 1973 meeting between Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Simcha Dinitz about Middle Eastern affairs. In this section, the President functions as an amateur diplomatic historian, offering his perspective on the tension between realism and idealism in US foreign policy, and how that pattern applied to Woodrow Wilson and the Versailles Treaty.(A note: the overall quality of the recording sometimes isn’t that great.)Read more »
Æthelstan might not, to the uninitiated, seem a very likely candidate for a volume in the prestigious Yale English Monarchs series. He lacks the name-recognition associated with a Conquerer or a Confessor, and is not the subject of any compelling anecdotes about beaches or cakes which have wormed their way into the popular consciousness. To say Æthelstan is forgotten might be to go too far, but he is certainly not well remembered outside a select audience of Anglo-Saxon illuminati.
Addressing the Joint Session of Congress in 2003, Tony Blair issued a stirring defence of the democratic idea. Words like ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, he declared, were not ‘American values or Western values’:
They are the universal values of the human spirit and anywhere, any time, ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same. Freedom, not tyranny. Democracy, not dictatorship.(1)
Hayden White is a controversial figure in the world of history. Study any textbook on the theory and philosophy of history, and you will be assured that his 1973 book Metahistory marked a revolutionary turning point in historical theory. It marked what came to be known as the ‘linguistic turn’ in historical theory, and has inspired legions of acolytes whose reverence for the master at times verges on embarrassing.(1) Yet at the same time his influence on the actual practice of history and historical writing has been virtually zero.Read more »
Reviewer: Daniel MühlenfeldTitle: Die Kamera als Waffe: Propagandabilder des Zweiten WeltkriegesAuthor: Rainer Rother, Judith ProkaskyRead more »