Sunday, February 7, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #65

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.

In which 5/7 of these articles are about ladies.

Until recently world history focused mainly on European history in U.S. high schools. As the scope expands to other parts of the world, California classrooms are becoming battlegrounds in which recent immigrant groups wrestle over whether and how their ancestors' stories are told to the state's next generation.

Only four female writers appeared in the list of top 50 bestselling history titles in the UK last year. And women are still perceived as more suited to writing about drawing rooms than battlefields. Why? Leading historians and biographers discuss sexism and subject matter.

Several women’s football leagues formed during the 20th century—one from the 1930s even became a national sensation—but they’re barely remembered today.

Women’s rights were never sacrificed at Stonehenge at Telegraph
Thanks to painstaking bone analysis of a Stonehenge burial pit by British archaeologists, it has been confirmed that Stonehenge wasn’t a refuge for fed-up male druids. Women were there too – and what’s more, they enjoyed the same status as men.

Barbie Through the Ages at History
The newly-released 2016 Barbie Fashionistas come in four body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles, addressing longtime criticism that the dolls did not accurately reflect the modern woman. Take a look at Barbie's cultural revolution through the years, including Drag Queen and Chemo Barbie.

We Need to Change How We Teach Black History at TIME
When the teaching of African Americans’ history begins with slavery, it ignores their humanity now. School children, as well as adults, should understand the breadth of black heritage. When we study any other group, we recognize the fullness of their humanity. Just as we should never forget the pain of the Holocaust when we talk about Jewish history, we do not often begin discussions with that horrific event.

We have long known that ancient Babylonians were superior mathematicians and astronomers: They understood the Pythagorean theorem some 1,000 years before Pythagoras himself was born and maintained detailed records of the heavens, including the passage of what is now known as Halley’s Comet, in their efforts to predict the future through observation of the stars and planets. But the newly decoded markings on a small clay tablet provide evidence that Babylon’s mathematical prowess went beyond what we imagined.

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