Historical

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

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All week, the G-word has been rattling around the foreign ministries of the world. Ever since John Kerry – he of Israeli-Palestinian peace “in six months” fame – announced that Isis was committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, we’ve been trying to work out just what he’s talking about. Even the poor old Canadians and their super-liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, have since been refusing to recognise the Isis atrocities as “genocide” – the attempt to exterminate an entire race ... Read More »

Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ 

The Irish president says he hopes people in Northern Ireland will approach the Easter Rising commemorations “generously”. Events are taking place in Dublin to mark the centenary of the 1916 rebellion against British rule, a seminal moment in Ireland’s past. Some unionists have been reluctant to take part in or support the events… Source: Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ – BBC News Read More »

We welcomed refugees in 1945. We can’t abandon them today – video

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Harry Leslie Smith saw the full potential of human cruelty while he was serving Britain during the second world war. But, he says, his country showed huge compassion by settling 200,000 Polish refugees in 1945. Harry Leslie Smith, Bruno Rinvolucri and Leah Green The Guardian Today, however, he believes politicians are turning their backs on humanity by rejecting refugees fleeing war. Smith will be speaking at the Bradford Literary Festival on 23 May His book, Harry’s Last Stand, is available ... Read More »

The empire the world forgot

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Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts. BBC News Joseph Flaherty An abandoned city of ghosts Ruled by a dizzying array of… The empire the world… Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks

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­ In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and… Timothy Joseph  The Conversation Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the… Martin Luther King Jr. in… Read More »

Rereading Herodotus’ Histories of virtue, barbarians and the eternal human struggle

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Towards the end of Herodotus’ Histories, someone on the losing side of a fight is castrated by his sons, then crucified while those… Mark Thomas The Age Herodotus of Halicarnassus, “the father of history”, does not blink or squirm, and does not permit a reader to do so… Every gruesomely gory detail is evoked and underlined, but… Rereading Herodotus’ Histories… Read More »

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

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A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and… The Guardian The Observer David Olusoga The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the… This year history gate-crashed modern America in… The history of… Read More »

Turkey’s Kristallnacht

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Sept. 6, 1955 started just like any other day for the Greeks, Armenians, and Jews of ‎Istanbul—or Constantinople. ‎ Uzay Bulut The Armenian Weekly ‎”I resided in Cengelkoy with my wife and two children back then,” wrote Apostolos Nikolaidis ‎in the book I Nihta ton Kristallon. ‎”Just as protests were starting in Taksim, I left my shop in Karakoy and went home.” Nikolaidis did not know that a horrid ethnic cleansing campaign was on the way. Just like Nikolaidis, ‎thousands ... Read More »

What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like: Hear a Reconstruction That is ‘100% Accurate’

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Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. OpenCulture More than 2,000 years later, modern scholars have finally figured out how to reconstruct and perform these songs with (it’s claimed) 100% accuracy. Writing on the BBC web site, Armand D’Angour,  a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University, notes: [Ancient Greek] instruments are known from… What Ancient Greek… Read More »

Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks are beautiful works of art in themselves

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Leonardo’s notebooks are a fascinating insight into his mind. Now the British Library has published its collection online, it’s even easier to study them – with or without translation Jonathan Jones The Guardian Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks are the living record of a universal mind. They encompass all the interests and experiments of this self-taught polymath, from mathematics to flying machines. Now the British Library in London has fully digitised its Leonardo manuscript, enabling everyone to freely explore this precious ... Read More »

Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes

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Review finds thousands of papers detailing shameful acts were culled, while others were kept secret… Ian Cobain, Owen Bowcott and Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the… Britain destroyed records… Read More »

World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists

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Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an… GlobalPost PRI New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as… The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the… World’s languages traced… Read More »

War of Greek Independence

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War of Greek Independence, (1821–32), rebellion of Greeks within the Ottoman Empire, a struggle which resulted in the establishment of an independent kingdom of… The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica Britannica The rebellion originated in the activities of the Philikí Etaireía (“Friendly Brotherhood”), a patriotic conspiracy founded in Odessa (now in… War of Greek… Read More »

Scientist debunks nomadic Aborigine ‘myth’

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Before white settlers arrived, Australia’s indigenous peoples lived in houses and villages, and used surprisingly sophisticated architecture and design methods to build their shelters, new research has found. Barbara McMahon, Sydney Dwellings were constructed in various styles, depending on the climate. Most common were dome-like structures made of cane reeds with roofs… Source: Scientist debunks nomadic Aborigine ‘myth’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »