Saturday, July 4, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #43

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.

Real-Life Captain Americas at Guff
Or, "White Men Who Were Good At War Stuff."

Traveling back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, Monroeville, Alabama, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soon.

US golfer Bubba Watson, who owns the car, announced that we would be painting over the Confederate flag on the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, as part of a growing backlash against the rebel symbol from the US Civil War.

Lotsa puns.

Old Oswestry hill fort is a battleground for planners who want to build more than 100 homes nearby. Now opponents want to take the fight to Europe.

Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who saved the lives of more than 650 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, died on Wednesday. He was 106. Those ears.

Germany: World War II Tank Is Seized From Collector at NY Times
The German authorities seized a 45-ton Panzer tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector’s home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday. Birgit Hess, the state prosecutor in Kiel, said the collector was being investigated on suspicion of violating German weapons laws but remained free while the investigation was continuing.

Islamic State takes sledgehammer to 'irreplaceable' ancient Palmyra ruins at Telegraph
Isis militants have released images showing a civilian being forced to destroy priceless artefacts from the Roman city of Palmyra as the head of Unesco warned of "cultural cleansing" by the extremist group'.

Looted in Syria – and sold in London: the British antiques shops dealing in artefacts smuggled by Isis at The Guardian
When Mark Altaweel agreed to hunt for ‘blood antiquities’ in London dealerships, he was expecting more of a challenge. But as the archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it.

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