Historical

Tolkien’s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

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For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien’s stories. Simon Tolkien BBC News My grandfather, JRR Tolkien, died when I was 14. He remains vivid to… Tolkien’s grandson on… Read More »

Now and then, who to blame?

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While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

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The glistening white sails of Sydney Opera House and the red brick and bluestone of Geelong’s industrial mills have little in common at first glance. The Conversation Fiona Gray, Cristina Garduño Freeman and Matt Novacevski But for both these places crowdfunding has led people to connect with these buildings. Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) is a… How crowdfunding can connect… Read More »

The legacy of the Crusades in contemporary Muslim world

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The conflict between the West and the Arab and Islamic worlds is at its core political. Al Jazeera News As’ad AbuKhalil It is always debatable whether the Crusades remain relevant in Arab political rhetoric. Islamists in general believe… The legacy of the… Read More »

The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

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Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue Published in Agora Dialogue on 27 December 2016 With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with ... Read More »

The strange inspirations behind Greek myths

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There are many strange stories in Odysseus’s long journey home after the sack of Troy, but where do they come from? BBC News Ella Davies Many of us know the well-told ancient Greek story with the wooden horse, but how well do you know its sequel? Homer’s Odyssey recounts what happened after the sack of Troy, specifically Odysseus’s epic voyage home. It might be fictional but… The strange inspirations… Read More »

Winter solstice: Why do people go to Stonehenge on the shortest day of the year?

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THE Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the start of astronomical winter, but why do people go to Stonehenge to celebrate? Express Reiss Smith When is the winter solstice 2016? This year’s solstice falls… Winter solstice: Why do people go… Read More »

Andrew Roberts: 2016’s parallels with the revolutions of 1848

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2016 has been a momentous year. BBC Andrew Roberts The UK’s Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump confounded the expectations, while the wars in Syria and Yemen caused more bloodshed. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme asked… Andrew Roberts: 2016’s parallels… Read More »

Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might have been found by chance – and not BETRAYED

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DIARIST Anne Frank could have been discovered in a raid on ration fraudsters instead of being snatched by Nazi’s hunting for Jews, a shocking new study has revealed. Express Vickiie Oliphant The wartime writer was thought to have been removed from her home at 263 Prinsengracht after an anonymous call tipped her and her family off to the Nazis. The Franks, van Pelses and… Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might… Read More »

Ancient Babylon’s bricks finding their way into modern buildings

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BAGHDAD — Every now and then Iraqis are surprised to find out that some of the new buildings in the city of Hillah, south of Baghdad, are still being built with antique bricks stolen over the past century from the ancient city of Babylon. Al Monitor Wassim Bassem Mohammed al-Hilli, a 75-year-old stonemason from Hillah, told Al-Monitor, “We often find authentic Babylonian brick while demolishing dilapidated houses.” He explained, “During the 1950s, it… Ancient Babylon’s bricks finding their… Read More »

Hitler’s house seized by Austrian parliament

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The former dictator’s home has become a macabre Neo-Nazi attraction – a phenomenon known in the trade as “real estate disaster porn” The Irish Times Brian Boyd Following years of concern and speculation, the Austrian parliament has just passed a low allowing it to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born. The current owner, who never… Hitler’s house seized by… Read More »

Art exhibit showcases Syrian history, culture

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The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is exhibiting more than 40 works of Syrian art in an attempt to raise awareness of the rich cultural and artistic histories of Syria. Al Monitor Aaron Schaffer The exhibition, entitled “Syria: A Living History,” will be on display at the museum through late February. The exhibition was curated by… Art exhibit showcases Syrian… Read More »

A journey through Fidel Castro’s Cuba

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After the leader’s death and before his entombment, a Cuban journalist travelled around the country to gauge the mood. Al Jazeera News Abraham Jimenez Enoa Santiago, Cuba – Images of Fidel Castro’s face flash on the giant screen as patriotic music plays in the background. The incessant stream of people walking along… A journey through Fidel… Read More »

Historic papers found in a skip to be donated to the State

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Royal seals of four monarchs among the ‘extraordinary’ discovery in Dublin The Irish Times Tim O’Brien A chance discovery in a Dublin skip and a curious coincidence 40 years later have resulted in a significant historical find including grants of land bearing the royal seals of Elizabeth I, kings George I, James I and Charles I . The collection of maps, grants, seals and royal letters of… Historic papers found in a skip to be donated to… Read More »

Arnold Zable: Greek tale a chance to reflect upon immigration in Australia

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Over the past two years, Australia has observed a series of World War I centenaries peaking with the commemoration of the Gallipoli landings. The Age Arnold Zable Ongoing centenaries continue to be observed, accompanied by events and publications marking battles fought in Europe. December 10, 2016, marks the… Arnold Zable: Greek… Read More »