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World History

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

Location: #culture
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Latest Activity: Apr 18

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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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History Snippets

Started by doone. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 12, 2016. 3 Replies

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

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Old Time Religion and Buildings

Started by doone. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Nov 30, 2012. 1 Reply

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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Started by doone. Last reply by doone Jul 11, 2012. 2 Replies

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAMTom Holland in The Guardian:Whenever modern civilisations…Continue


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Comment by doone on October 12, 2011 at 9:03pm

Soviet Union Fact Of The Day

From Kate Bolick’s article on the new single women:

Or take 1940s Russia, which lost some 20 million men and 7 million women to World War II. In order to replenish the population, the state instituted an aggressive pro-natalist policy to support single mothers. Mie Nakachi, a historian at Hokkaido University, in Japan, has outlined its components: mothers were given generous subsidies and often put up in special sanatoria during pregnancy and childbirth; the state day-care system expanded to cover most children from infancy; and penalties were brandished for anyone who perpetuated the stigma against conceiving out of wedlock. In 1944, a new Family Law was passed, which essentially freed men from responsibility for illegitimate children; in effect, the state took on the role of “husband.” As a result of this policy—and of the general dearth of males—men moved at will from house to house, where they were expected to do nothing and were treated like kings; a generation of children were raised without reliable fathers, and women became the “responsible” gender. This family pattern was felt for decades after the war.

The piece is fascinating throughout. See also her interview with Edith Zimmerman. I have a pet theory that alongside the gender dynamics Bolick talks about, rapid improvements in the entertainment field are raising the marriage “reservation wage” for men and women alike.

Comment by Marianne on October 10, 2011 at 8:46pm

What started me on word history is when I asked myself the question if I was an hedonist ?

I realized quickly that my knowledge was too limited to answer honestly (apart from the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life)...

So, that made me start far back at the grecian antiquity followed by the roman...

Comment by doone on September 26, 2011 at 8:25am


By Namit Arora

Homer’s Iliad is the story of an epic war between the Greeks and the Trojans. The apparent cause of the war was the ‘abduction’ of Helen by Paris—Helen was the wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta; Paris was the son of Priam, king of Troy. Menelaus, his pride wounded, called on other Greek kings bound to him by an oath. Joining forces, they set sail and laid siege to the coastal city of Troy in Asia Minor. Mostly an account of the last days of the war, the Iliad teems with intrigue, character, and incident.

Herodotus, the 5th century BCE historian regarded as the father of history, lived more than three hundred years after the Iliad was written. He is justly famous for preferring rational—rather than mythical and supernatural—explanations for human events; to understand his past he looked to the actions, character, and motivations of men. Among the more charming passages ofHistories is his take on the Trojan War. In his day and age, the Iliad was considered a true account of Greek ancestry and it was obligatory for every Greek schoolboy to read it. Cultivated Greek gents were expected to recite colorful stretches from it.

From the start, Herodotus had trouble with the Iliad. He found it odd that the Trojans, ‘when the Greeks ran off with their women, never troubled themselves about the matter; but the Greeks, for the sake of a single [Spartan] girl, collected a vast armament, invaded Asia, and destroyed the kingdom of Priam’. He doubted that Helen could have been taken from Sparta against her wishes, and even if she was, wasn’t that deed the work of a rogue, unworthy of such a large mobilization by the Greeks? What also didn’t sit well with his sense of human nature was the response of the otherwise reasonable Trojans to the Greek invasion, for ‘surely neither Priam nor his family could have been so infatuated as to endanger their own persons, their children and their city, merely that Paris might possess Helen.’

Continue reading "Herodotus, the Iliad, and 9/11"

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Comment by doone on September 14, 2011 at 10:28am

"The Barter Myth"

Anthropologist David Graeber has written a book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years,debunking the claim that money evolved from antecedent barter systems. Why he thinks this matters:

It seems to me because it goes back precisely to this notion of rationality that Adam Smith too embraced: that human beings are rational, calculating exchangers seeking material advantage, and that therefore it is possible to construct a scientific field that studies such behavior. The problem is that the real world seems to contradict this assumption at every turn. Thus we find that in actual villages, rather than thinking only about getting the best deal in swapping one material good for another with their neighbors, people are much more interested in who they love, who they hate, who they want to bail out of difficulties, who they want to embarrass and humiliate, etc.—not to mention the need to head off feuds.

Comment by Adriana on August 19, 2011 at 3:21pm

Yes, doone, we all want to know what's up with the cryptic mushroom :-)

Comment by Jaume on August 19, 2011 at 2:53pm

Here's another excerpt of 1493 I found at - mostly about the fate of Columbus' first settlements, but it ends with considerations on the biological component of 'Spanish globalization'.

Comment by Michel on August 19, 2011 at 1:34pm

An explanation of the group's icon would be a good first discussion topic =)

I agree with A.

Let's make this a group that covers all of history, the whole 6000 years of it .

Comment by Adriana on August 19, 2011 at 1:13pm

Hey, can this group be about ancient history too or just recent news? If that's the case, I would change the description. Just a thought. I love the idea of this group, but it should not be only about current events, with this title, IMHO.

Comment by doone on August 19, 2011 at 1:08pm

Chinese Exchange Rate Policy In The Age Of Spanish Globalization

16th Century China relied on silver coins as a medium of exchange despite a lack of domestic sources of silver. What’s more, given the prevailing technologies of the time China produced a number of goods for which there was European demand, but Europe produced no goods that Chinese households wanted to consume. Consequently, as Charles Mann documents in 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, China ran a large trade surplus in order to amass foreign exchange:

Today, of course, it’s not silver from the mines of Potosí that China is amassing. Instead it’s debt created by the US Treasury and the government-sponsored mortgage agencies. But the basic structure of exporting real goods in order to amass monetary instruments is quite similar.



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