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A group about World History so that I do not end up spamming my USA and Non USA News Group

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How the British Divided Up the Arab World

Started by Hope. Last reply by Chris Oct 15, 2016. 7 Replies

How the British Divided Up the Arab WorldThe development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the…Continue

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AN AMERICAN CREATION STORYby Akim ReinhardtThere is scientific evidence indicating that Asiatic peoples migrated…Continue

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Tatev Monastery - Tatev, ArmeniaThe Tatev monastery once played a notable role in the advancement of medieval Armenian culture when it housed the University of Tatev in the 14th and 15th…Continue

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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAM

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Comment by Stephen on July 19, 2018 at 3:55pm

Revealed: The mystery of why a Confederate submarine sank, after becoming the first in the world to sink an enemy warship, has been solved… the crew failed to release a 1,000lb block that would have allowed it to surface 

The first submarine to down an enemy ship was sunk itself after its crew failed to release an emergency weight to help it resurface.
Crew aboard the Confederate vessel HL Hunley did not disconnect the 1,000lb keel blocks to help it rapidly resurface, resulting in the sub being trapped underwater and the men dying from lack of oxygen.
Scientists who removed the corrosion, silt and shells from the boat found the levers all locked in their regular position, solving a mystery dating back to 1864.

Read more=  https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/revealed-the-mystery-of-why-a-...…-the-crew-failed-to-release-a-1000lb-block-that-would-have-allowed-it-to-surface/ar-AAAiuoZ?ocid=spartandhp

Comment by Stephen on July 17, 2018 at 4:08pm

Nelson Mandela's letters from prison chart his heartbreaking struggle against apartheid

Nelson Mandela left a rich archive of letters documenting his time behind bars. The letters, many never seen before, express anger, self-control and his love for his family and count

Nelson Mandela wrote hundreds of letters during the 27 years that he was imprisoned; heartbreaking letters to his family, more mundane notes requesting spectacles from prison governors, and letters to officials, authorities and supporters continuously demanding change and an end to apartheid.
His correspondence was always thoughtful and elegantly composed and yet he was aware that many of his letters would never reach their intended destination. To commemorate what would have been his 100th birthday, a book of 250 letters has just been published, providing a remarkable insight into the man, his tenacity and endurance and the struggle for his country's freedom.

To Zenani and Zindzi Mandela, his middle and youngest daughters, 4 February 1969
My Darlings,
The nice letter by Zindzi reached me safely, and I was indeed very glad to know that she is now in Standard 2. When Mummy came to see me last December, she told me that both of you had passed your examinations and that Zeni was now in Standard 3. I now know that Kgatho and Maki have also passed. It pleases me very much to see that all my children are doing well.

I hope that you will do even better at the end of the year. I was happy to learn that Zeni can cook chips, rice, meat, and many other things. I am looking forward to the day when I will be able to enjoy all that she cooks.

Zindzi says her heart is sore because I am not at home and wants to know when I will come back. I do not know, my darlings, when I will return. You will remember that in the letter I wrote in 1966, I told you that the white judge said I should stay in jail for the rest of my life.
It may be long before I come back; it may be soon. Nobody knows when it will be, not even the judge who said I should be kept here. But I am certain that one day I will be back at home to live in happiness with you until the end of my days.

Do not worry about me now. I am happy, well and full of strength and hope. The only thing I long for is you, but whenever I feel lonely I look at your photo which is always in front of me. It has a white frame with a black margin. It is a lovely photo. For the last two years I have been asking Mummy to send me a group photo with Zindzi, Zeni, Maki, Kgatho, Nomfundo [Mandela's niece] and Kazeka. But up to now I have not received it. The photo will make me even more happy than I am at the present moment.
Many thanks for the wonderful Christmas cards you sent me. Apart from yours, I received one from Kgatho and another from Mummy. I hope you received more.

Read more=  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/nelson-mande...

Comment by Mrs.B on July 16, 2018 at 4:12pm

Ooooh….yummy.....

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 16, 2018 at 4:06pm

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of bread - 14,000-year-old charred crumbs found in a pair of ancient fireplaces in Jordan Photograph: Alexis Pantos

Comment by Chris on July 7, 2018 at 2:53am

Images for ancient Roman multipurpose tool link.

1,800-Year-Old Roman Multitool

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, it turns out that back somewhere between A.D 201 to 300, a clever Roman, probably named MacGyvericus, invented the multitool. And not just some weird, old-fashioned multitool, either. MacGyvericus' tool is startlingly similar to the modern Swiss Army Knife, now part of the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.

Like the common Swiss tool, the Roman version has a lot of foldaway implements stowed inside: a knife, spike, pick, fork and a spatula. Unlike the modern-day equivalent, the Roman Army Knife has a useful spoon on the end, making it likely that this iron and silver artifact, found in somewhere in the Mediterranean countries, was meant for eating with.

What it is is 100 percent awesome, and just makes me love the Romans even more. Sure, they invaded and occupied my home country and occupied it for years, but they brought with them central heating and civilization, two things that England lacked back then. When the Romans left, the country slipped back into dark times, where it became insular and xenophobic, and it remains so today. At least, though, the cold and rainy nation still has central heating and folding knives, although the latter is now used primarily by gangs of marauding teenagers as they roam the rainy twilight streets in search of old people to stab.

Roman Multi-Tool [Fitzwilliam Museum via Neatorama]

Photo: Fitzwilliam Museum

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Comment by Chris on July 7, 2018 at 2:43am

What have the Romans ever done for us?

To drop a few, dual pane windows, and concrete.

Comment by Chris on July 6, 2018 at 5:22am

There was a King Tutankhamun archeological exhibit that came through here I went to.

I was sadly disappointed.

For example the gold figurine depicted by the photograph made it look as though it was  the tomb.  The gold figurine was  less than 12" long.

It will be great after the archeologists have a chance to study more so a full exhibit will be available.

With the political crisis in that region of the world it may take a while. Perhaps such artifacts shouldn't be sent around the world for others to see like a 'disney' exhibit.

Comment by Chris on July 6, 2018 at 5:02am

Number of deaths in the WW2 per country

I heard rumors that influenza caused more deaths in the time period of  WWI than combat.

As chaff.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

https://virus.stanford.edu/uda/

Comment by Mrs.B on July 4, 2018 at 2:14pm

It must be a treat to see the real thing.

Comment by Stephen on July 4, 2018 at 5:00am

Discovering King Tutankhamun's tomb: Harry Burton's photographs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44636774

 

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