Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Champlain Attacks Iroquois

If you're going to Pearl Harbor someone, finish the job. The year is 1610. Francis Parkman wrote, "Judged by the standard of Indian war, a heavy blow had been struck on the common enemy. Here were hundreds of assembled warriors; yet none thought of following up their success. Elated with unexpected fortune, they danced and sang; then loaded their canoes, hung their scalps on poles, broke up their camps, and set out triumphant for their homes." The Iroquois were to dog French Canada for the next century and a half and to the Plain of Abraham. For more information on Champlain Dominates Canadahere is an installment from France in Canada by Francis Parkman: http://dld.bz/e37dg and Don't forget The Basic History Library (free). ------------->

Monday, April 25, 2016

Japan's Very First Emperor

Jimmu lived around 660 BC. This was before Japanese civilization could write so his origins and reign are half buried in legends. Like King David of Israel, he is alleged to have composed poems or songs (psalms). For more information on Psalms of the Emperor here is an installment from Jimmu Becomes Japan’s First Emperor by Sir Edward Reed: http://dld.bz/e33rG. and Don't forget The Basic History Library (free). ------------->

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lee Harvey Arrested for Kennedy Murder

At first he told the police that had nothing to do with it. He said he was eating lunch at the time of the shooting. He also denied the murder of Police Officer Tibbit. As the policeman had crossed Harvey's path in the aftermath of the murder, he had been gunned down, too.

For more information on the Kennedy Assassination here is an installment from The Warren Report by Chief Justice Earl Warren, future President Gerald Ford, and other senior statesmen:
http://historyweblog.com/2015/12/oswald-charged-with-murder/

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Other Democratic Socialist Candidate for President: Who am I?

I was born in 1855. I started out as a labor leader. I founded the Social Democratic Party. I ran for President multiple times. In 1920 I ran from prison, having been convicted for my anti-war speeches. Who am I?

Find out at: http://historyweblog.com/2015/11/other-democratic-socialist-candidate-president/ 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ancient China Video.

Another video from those folks at Crash Course. 



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How Big Was the City of Constantinople?

When Emperor Constantine finished building, it was actually small.  During the time of the Roman Empire, "Among the great cities of the ancient world its size was smaller than Babylon and Thebes. It yields to ancient Rome, to the 18th. century London, and even to Paris." Thus Edward Gibbon.

It stayed that way for a long time. Future emperors expanded it but that was in the far future.  More on Constantine's size and features here at our main history blog

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

History Moments Blog Passes Milestones

Over 2,500 subscribers, over 700 separate posts, 47 sets of The Basic History Library distributed.  Today is a passage from Herodotus describing the peoples of NW Africa.
Read more: http://historyweblog.com/category/general/herodotus/

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Monday, November 16, 2015

What Would World History Post on Facebook?

From Our Humor Department:

Renaissance: Hey, I just woke up. What's up?
Dark Ages: You slept too long, bro!
Middle Ages: You spent too much time on MySpace.
Ice Ages: I thought that I had killed that off.
Renaissance: Alright. Just finished a cup of jo. Let's go paint something, or invent something, or explore somewhere. What's out west?

Got any additions to the conversation? 

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Constantinople Founded in 330 AD

Constantinople Circa 1100. Public Domain Image from Wikipedia.
Constantinople Circa 1100.
Public Domain Image from Wikipedia.

Before Constantine, the first town there was actually begun in 656 BC.  The great waters around the city connect Leander of ancient Greece with Lord Byron of 19th. century England how?
New series begins today at our main history blog.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Remembering Last Night's Attack on Paris

French President Hollande declared that the attacks were an of war on France by ISIS
According to the Associated Press,

In a televised Friday night address he appealed to citizens to maintain "a determined France, a united France, a France that joins t
ogether and a France that will not allow itself to be staggered, even if today there is infinite emotion faced with this disaster, this tragedy, which is an abomination, because it is barbarism."

As France goes to war again, we remember the past wars of France.  Here is our continuing series on France's Wars. 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Ancient India Video

Let's go back to Ancient India in this video from those folks at Crash Course, told from the perspective of religious history.

Watch it at our main history blog.



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Last Mexican Stronghold at Los Angeles Falls

This ends our series of passages California Acquired by the United States by Henry B. Dawson from his book Battles of the United States by Sea and Land published in 1858.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

California Declares Independence; New Series Begins

At the beginning of 1846 the population of California included, with about 200,000 Indians, 6,000 Mexicans and perhaps 200 USA nationals. The United Stated had declared war against Mexico in May, 1845 and already General Taylor had won the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, and had compelled the surrender of Monterey. Meanwhile back in California . . .

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Pilgrims' First Winter

Conclusion of our series on The Pilgrims Settle Plymouth.  The Mayflower Compact having been concluded, the Pilgrims construct their rude settlement and attempt to survive the winter of 1620-1621.  The weather was mild for Massachusetts but severe compared to Holland.  The Pilgrims had been weakened by the privations of their voyage and by the exploratory phase of their undertaking; death ensued.  Their settlement did not begin until December! 

While not so much in fashion now, their values formed a huge part of the beginning of American civilization.

Complete story at our main history blog: http://historyweblog.com/2015/10/pilgrims-first-winter/

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

UN Memory of the World Project

Does anyone know how to access these documents? This project's purpose is to identify and preserve the basic documents of world history. This week China's proposed documents related to the Nanking Massacre were approved for inclusion by UNESCO, the UN agency responsible for this project.

More information on this project on our main history blog.

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