Last week, the Pew Research Center released a report that surveyed Americans’ attitudes about technology and their thoughts about what technological advances would happen in the next half-century. I’ll be writing something about the report itself later – suffice it to say for now that Americans’ views of the technological future are remarkably static. But Pew’s report was quite timely because, 50 years ago, the New York World’s Fair opened.
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Recently, EHS teacher Jason Tharp’s US History classes were literally in the trenches during a lesson on trench warfare. The students had the opportunity to not only dig their own trenches, but they were also able to apply what they learned in class during a mock battle. According to Tharp, “The purpose of the activity […]
Beginning with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Dr Annika Mombauer explores the opposing debates about the origins of World War One. Is it possible for historians to arrive at a consensus? The hundred-year debate How could the death of … Continue reading →
Film’s golden era was tarnished by appeasement
Nazi Germany loved movies, and their leader was, as in so much else, fanatical about them. In his private cinema at the Reich Chancellery Hitler watched a movie every night, then gave his invited guests the benefit of his opinion on it. He loved Laurel and Hardy, for instance, noting how their comedy Block-Heads contained "a lot of very nice ideas and clever jokes". Yet he regarded movies as something more than entertainment; he saw in their power … »
Exciting News! All Interested Middle School Boys can Click HERE for Registration Info. on Marquette High’s Website. Read specific Information on Workshops below… MUHS Civil War Institute Brochure & Registration Form. Marquette University High School Civil War Summer Institute *1864 – 2014 Sesquicentennial* When: Monday, July 7-Thursday, July 10, 2014. Who: Any 5th – 9th grade Boy interested in…
Here are some good reads for your imperial and global weekend: From cartographic colonialism and the socialist origins of capitalism, to new archival photos of Victorian Egypt and reviving Cold War era containment.
Please post other recommended reading in the Comments!
How Bad Mapmaking Supported European Imperialism in Africa and Why Google Maps Still Gets Africa Wrong Think Africa Press Guardian Online
About halfway through Jonathan Swift’s boisterously witty epic poem On… »
They call her ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ the world’s most beautiful mummy. Rosalia Lombardo died from pneumonia in 1920 at the tender age of 2. Her body was embalmed by Alfredo Salafia (below), put into a glass coffin, and placed inside the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy. If it were not for the oxidizing amulet of the Virgin Mary resting atop her blanket, you would swear she had died a few days ago.
Very little is known about Rosalia’s life, and, until recently, even less was known about Salafia’s »
Earlier today, scientists announced they’d discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as "females with penises." This isn’t just painfully wrong — it’s bad for science.
Welcome to History a’la Carte’ where I get to share a video and my favorite history links of the week with you. This week Medieval birth,medieval diapers and newborn care, and a shilling to rewrite Canadian history, a few of your options in this weeks’ serving of History a’la carte’. *~*~*~*~*~*Regency*~*~*~*~*~* Queen Charlotte’s …
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The Society for the Study of Labour History will host a day conference on Saturday 10 May 2014 at the University Of Huddersfield to commemorate the life and work of Eric Hobsbawn, renown historian and former President of the Society. Confirmed speakers include Professor John Belchem, Professor Logie Barrow, Professor Rohan McWilliam, Professor David Howell, Professor John Shepherd, Professor Richard Evans, Dr Katrina Navickas, Ian Gwinn and John Halstead.
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a review by Tim Lacy The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael D. Gordin 304 pages. University of Chicago Press, 2012 To enter the thought world of Immanuel Velikovsky, the Velikovskians, and Velikovskianism […]
As I write this, I’m sat with a little bottle of pink lemonade on the platform at York Station, heading home from the Social History Society’s annual conference. This year’s conference, held at the University of Northumbria in central Newcastle, was my first – but hopefully not my last.
It is a sign of just how big and busy a conference it is that I’d only said the briefest of hellos to some of the twitterstorians I had hoped to spend some time meeting or catching up with. If you’re one of thos… »
Communist party chief of Yunnan province says group staged Kunming attack after it was prevented from leaving country
The group behind Saturday’s gruesome knife attack at a Chinese train station turned to violence after failing to leave the country "to participate in jihad", a senior Communist party official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
A guest post by Adrian Teal, who will be well known to some readers as a caricaturist with leanings towards the 18th century… When you’re spending three years hunting down scandalous true stories for a spoof Georgian tabloid called The … Continue reading →
In the loving memories of the Cambodian people who died under the Khmer Rouge Regime from 1975 to 1979, we, Khmers and concerned friends of Cambodia, have formed an ad hoc group to establish the Digital Archive of Cambodian Holocaust Survivors.
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were handed leaflets ordering them to register with the new self-proclaimed pro-Russian leadership, according to an Israel-based organization that monitors
Jennifer Evans has just published an edited volume on the history of homosexuality in Germany together with three German-speaking experts in the field. The handbook, Was ist Homosexualität? Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven, in English What is Homosexuality? Research, Social Development, and Societal Perspectives (Männerschwarm 2014), is designed for a crossover audience. It provides an introduction to debates about the way same-sex sexuality has been percei… »