Friday, January 9, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #18

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Several sections of potential Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s 2012 book America the Beautiful were plagiarized from various sources, BuzzFeed News has found. Not the title though, the title is 100% original.

A new study contradicts the idea that the prehistoric Rapa Nui people of Easter Island suffered a demographic collapse brought on by poor environmental stewardship.

Tracking the First Americans at National Geographic
The first face of the first Americans belongs to an unlucky teenage girl who fell to her death in a Yucatán cave some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago. Her bad luck is science’s good fortune.

Churchill has reached out to the tech-savvy generation, popping up as a playable character in the video game Civilization IV, and there are countless Facebook pages, Instagram and Twitter feeds quoting Churchill and even some purporting to be him.

'Selma' is meant to shed light on an important moment in civil rights history, but some are saying it gets it wrong. Despite its emotional power and critical acclaim, the movie has recently come under fire for its supposed lack of historical integrity -- mostly because of its depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson as a flaky, politically maneuvering jerkhole.

The assault on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is just the latest chapter in a long history of violence between Muslim revolutionaries and the French state. The attack reflects a barbaric clash between two realities that exist in painful tension.

Tales of monsters, Gods, spells and love affairs: Celtic myths reflected the social thinking and traditions of pre-Roman Celts of Britain, Ireland and Europe. Spread by travelling poets and storytellers who plied their trade from village to village, the myths came into being partly to explain natural phenomena, and to try to address basic human concerns about life and death.

Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck at Discovery
Gleaming cast metal called orichalcum, which was said by Ancient Greeks to be found in Atlantis, has been recovered by a team of the most Italiany Italians you'll ever see.

Tomb of mystery Egyptian queen discovered by archaeologists at The Guardian
Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt said Sunday.

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