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

Location: #culture
Members: 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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AN AMERICAN CREATION STORYby Akim ReinhardtThere is scientific evidence indicating that Asiatic peoples migrated…Continue

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Old Time Religion and Buildings

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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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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 has Fremdschämen on November 28, 2015 at 11:11am
Comment by Hope on July 17, 2013 at 4:22pm

 

OTTOMAN IRAQ, MOSUL CENTRAL COMMAND

Comment by Chris on May 30, 2013 at 11:12pm

Here is an informative two part documentary about modern Syria

Syria: The Reckoning (with more information)


The history of modern Syria offering an intriguing and incisive perspective on the current war in the country.

Part One

Comment by Chris on May 30, 2013 at 11:11pm

Here is an informative two part documentary about modern Syria

Syria: The Reckoning (with more information)


The history of modern Syria offering an intriguing and incisive perspective on the current war in the country.

Part Two

Comment by A Former Member on March 31, 2013 at 1:10pm
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on February 10, 2013 at 6:57pm

Face Of The Day

FEB 10 2013 @ 6:49PM

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Julia Sklar marvels at a very old visage:

Twenty-six thousand years ago in the Czech Republic, one of our ice-age ancestors selected a hunk of mammoth ivory and carved this enigmatic portrait of a woman – the oldest ever found. By looking at artefacts like this as works of art, rather than archaeological finds, a new exhibition at the British Museum in London hopes to help us see them and their creators with new eyes. Human ancestors date back millions of years, but the earliest evidence of the human mind producing symbolic imagery as a form of creative expressioncannot be much older than 100,000 years. That evidence comes from Africa: this exhibition explores the later dawning of representative art in Europe and shows that even before the remarkable paintings of the Lascaux cave, France, humans were able to make work as subtle as the expressive face above.

(Image: The oldest known portrait of a woman sculpted from mammoth ivory found at Dolní Věstonice, Moravia, Czech Republic. c.26,000 years old. Height 4.8 cm. Courtesy of the Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute)

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on February 1, 2013 at 7:53am

FOCUS ON THE SLAVE TRADE

From BBC:

BlackThe exact numbers of Africans shipped overseas during the slave trade are hotly debated—estimates range between 10 and 28 million. What is undisputed is the degree of savage cruelty endured by men, women and children. Up to 20% of those chained in the holds of the slave ships died before they even reached their destination. Between 1450 and 1850 at least 12 million Africans were taken across the notorious Middle Passage of the Atlantic—mainly to colonies in North America, South America, and the West Indies. The Middle Passage was integral to a larger pattern of commerce developed by European countries. European traders would export manufactured goods to the west coast of Africa where they would be exchanged for slaves. The slaves were then sold for huge profits in the Americas.

More here. (Note: One daily post throughout the month of February will be devoted to commemorate African American History Month)

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Comment by Michel on January 29, 2013 at 9:34am

Time warp: Very rare color photos of Paris at the turn of the 20th century. An amazing collection.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on November 27, 2012 at 8:43am

The Perils Of Ancient Motherhood

Emily Wilson reviews a spate of books on motherhood, among them Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome:

Even male authors of antiquity were aware that motherhood was a very dangerous business, for women as well as for men and babies. Those who survived to adulthood must have been conscious that their mothers could have died giving birth to them; men must have been aware that fathering children on their wives could, and quite likely would, kill them. Orestes, who kills his mother in adulthood, is supposedly justified in his action, because he is avenging his father – and the Oresteia itself can be read as, among other things, an attempt to justify matricide and fatherhood (which are, revealingly, linked together). But the cultural background of the play includes the awareness that children very often "kill" their mothers, simply by being born; and husbands often "kill" their wives by making them pregnant.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on November 23, 2012 at 7:42pm

The Dark History Of Cranberries

Madeleine Johnson investigates the mysterious epidemic that wiped out 90% of the Indian population around Plymouth:

The symptoms were a yellowing of the skin, pain and cramping, and profuse bleeding, especially from the nose. A recent analysis concludes the culprit was a disease called leptospirosis, caused by leptospira bacteria. Spread by rat urine.... According to the hypothesis, infected ship rats landed in the New World and excreted leptospira, infecting raccoons, mink, and muskrats whose urine further contaminated any standing fresh water.

Johnson explains why the European colonists remained largely untouched by the plague:

Wampanoag have long had seasonal feasts of thanksgiving, one of which celebrates the cranberry harvest. There is some evidence that cranberries were also used medicinally - raw, ground into a poultice, and applied to open wounds. Although modern research suggests that cranberries can be a potent antimicrobial, that might not have been enough to slay the spirochete. The more leptospira that initially invade the bloodstream (possibly via direct contact with berries), the more likely the disease is to be fatal.

 

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