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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: 19
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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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Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. 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 has Fremdschämen. 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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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAM

Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Doone has Fremdschämen 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 Stephen on November 30, 2018 at 9:48pm

Kingdom of Wessex

The Kingdom of Wessex (c. 519-927 CE or c. 519-1066 CE) was a political entity founded by the West Saxon Chieftain Cerdic (r. 519-540 CE) in 519 CE in the Upper Thames Valley of modern-day Britain which would later evolve into the modern nation. The difference in dates concerning the end of the kingdom has to do with whether one accepts the final year as coinciding with Athelstan of Wessex becoming King of England in 927 CE (and uniting all the kingdoms under his rule) or prefers the date of the Norman Invasion of England of 1066 CE when William the Conqueror arrived. There is no consensus on one date being more accurate than the other in scholarly circles but after Athelstan became King of England, the Kingdom of Wessex ended as an independent polity and so 927 CE should be recognized as its end-date.  The early history of the kingdom is marked by frequent conflict with the neighboring Kingdom of Mercia which continued until the reign of King Egbert (also given as Ecgberht, r. 802-839 CE) who conquered Mercia and annexed their lands. Wessex continued to prosper under Egbert's successors and reached its height under Alfred the Great (r. 871-899 CE).

Read more=  https://www.ancient.eu/Kingdom_of_Wessex/

Comment by Chris on November 30, 2018 at 3:26am

Don't go to a bar. If you do mind your P's and Q's or else you may be conscripted - and thrown on a ship.

I don't know how much people know about the history of this.

Comment by Chris on November 29, 2018 at 9:51pm

Neat link to the HMS Victory.

Here's one to the USS Cnstitution Museum.

The HMS Victory website appears better than the USS constitution Museum website.

Here's a link to a VR of the HMS Courageous submarine.  I don't think the museum did a good job of presenting that.

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/engineering/eese/news/2017/vir...

It appears to me that the University of Birmingham doesn't get virtual reality internet tours.

A boat I worked on - USS Blue Back also doent have a VR tour.

This VR  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j9dJ_zvWgQ of the USS Pampanito  birthed in San Francisco is  okay - though not good.

360 Virtual Reality tour of submarne HMS Onslow

is okay.

Some VR tours are better than others.  None of the above in my opinion are good.  Kind of shallow - for submarines that's an insult. 

A good VR tour is deeply complex and allows the viewer to not  only view an oblect, but also click to read information about the object panned upon.

Comment by Mrs.B on November 29, 2018 at 7:27pm

I find ships very interesting to see.

Comment by Stephen on November 29, 2018 at 7:23pm

Mrs.B it isn't as old as these Elizabethan ships but ive been on Nelsons flag ship HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

https://www.hms-victory.com/

Comment by Mrs.B on November 29, 2018 at 7:13pm

I would love to tour one of those.

Comment by Stephen on November 29, 2018 at 6:58pm

Inside an Elizabethan Sailing Ship 

In 1588, when an attempt by Philip II of Spain to invade England with the Spanish Armada was famously defeated, the English fleet mostly consisted of 500-tonne race-built galleons designed to function as floating gun-platforms. This detailed infographic shows exactly what went on below and above deck on those beasts 

Here’s a Spanish galleon, for comparison.

Click on pictures to enlarge 

  https://www.earthlymission.com/inside-an-elizabethan-sailing-ship/

Comment by Stephen on November 28, 2018 at 11:17pm

Israel unveils 9,000-year-old mask from the West Bank

A 9,000-year-old stone mask has been revealed by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), one of only 15 in the world.
The artefact has been traced back to the area around Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank.
Online newspaper the Times of Israel reports that authorities recovered the mask from thieves earlier in the year, although details remain unclear.
Made from pink and yellow sandstone, it was made in the Neolithic e

"The mask is very naturalistic in the way it was made," IAA archaeologist Ronit Lupu told news agency AFP. "You can see the cheekbones, you can see a perfect nose."
Ms Lupu speculates the mask could have been worn as part of ritualistic ancestor worship

Holes drilled into the sides of the mask suggest it could have also been hung up for display.
In a statement, the IAA said it dated back to the point when hunter-gatherers were beginning early agriculture and domestication of animals, "accompanied by a change in social structure and a sharp increase in ritual-religious activities".
The mask is one of only 15 in the world. Thirteen are in private collections, making it harder to study them, the IAA statement said.
Results from an initial study will be presented on Thursday at Jerusalem's Israel Museum.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46376993

Comment by Stephen on November 26, 2018 at 11:27am

Doone I'm a Wessex lad.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on November 26, 2018 at 10:30am

British Isles 886 AD.

 

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