Friday, January 23, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #20

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.

Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the tradition of foot binding, the "aesthetically pleasing" practice of binding your feet so freaking tight, that you looked like you had hooves.

No. No one likes all that stiff academic talk. It is said that today’s textbooks rely too heavily on magazine-style bite-sized chunks of text, and deprive students of the serious historical storytelling that was prevalent from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Everyone already knows Disney was King Anti-Semitic. This was an interesting read, but I don't agree that Winston Churchill should have been included in this list because A. he is the man, and B. he. was. not. anti. semitic. How did none of the Kennedys make this list?

The exhibition, Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, will run from late April to early August and is thought to be the biggest and most significant of its kind to be held outside Australia.

"Mom look at this sweet swastika sign I made." A British teenager uses Legos to depict key events in the rise and fall of Nazis for a school history project. Also, what is happening in this picture? Did Hitler shoot the horse? And now he's lying on his back doing a Nazi salute?

In the Middle Ages, the nation widely skipped breakfast. Yet, by 1600, a culinary non-entity had become a key part of our daily routine. Why the change?

Traces of painted red numbers have been discovered during the ongoing restoration of the Colosseum, indicating various sectors of the amphitheater similar to the seating system employed by today's stadiums.

Hundreds of papyrus scrolls, reduced to lumps of coal by the 750-degree Fahrenheit cloud that wrapped the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum during the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D., might soon emerge as the most significant rediscovery of classical literature since the Renaissance.

The surprise announcement on Monday that at least five corpses lay buried in the Alexander the Great era tomb in Amphipolis, in northern Greece, has deepened the mystery around the massive and lavishly decorated burial. As expected, speculation is running wild about who the five people buried there are.

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