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Russian History: From the Early East Slavs to the Grand Duchy of Moscow | Global Research

Russian History: From the Early East Slavs to the Grand Duchy of Moscow | Global Research | Awesome Visuals | Scoop.it

This series is aimed at shedding light over contemporary Russian affairs, as I firmly believe that in order to analyze properly current international relations, one must get a strong historical background.

 

Part 1 will be dedicated to the foundation of the Russian state, and the process, as we will see, began way before 862. Indeed, a political embryo emerged with the state of Gardaríki, centered in Novgorod, which included the areas inhabited by Votes, Veps and Ilmen Slavs. It was set up by the Varangian chief Rurik in 862, marking the traditional beginning of Russian history.


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Russian history is varied, and complex, but fascinating.

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What People Are Asking: Why are Tower of London guards called 'Beefeaters' - Cecil Whig

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What People Are Asking: Why are Tower of London guards called 'Beefeaters'
Cecil Whig
Dear Reader: Built in 1066 by William the Conqueror to keep himself safe from Londoners, the Tower of London began as a royal residence.
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Robert T. Preston's curator insight, September 8, 2013 10:47 AM

While those of us that have had the good fortune to visit the Tower, can tell you, read on for the answer to this question. 

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Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

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French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can export your work in PDF or PPT as well.


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:44 AM

Looks like a very functional app that will enable rapid production of slide decks. Cost is $3 per month. I think I'd rather buy it than rent it.

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You need to take a close look at EWC #Presenter ; changing the presentation scene http://www.ewcPresenter.com
dianataylor's curator insight, September 8, 2013 9:39 PM

Web-based presentation tool that you can develop on the fly (evernote style) and have multiple contributors - however there is a subscription fee after two presentations. HTML5 back end

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Robert Fisk: Syria Has Seen Similar Bloodshed Before - Truthdig

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History comes full circle in Syria. In February 1982, President Hafez al-Assad’s army stormed into the ancient cities to end an Islamist uprising. They killed at least 10,000 men, women and children, possibly 20,000. Some of the men were members of the armed Muslim Brotherhood.

Almost all the dead were Sunni Muslims, although even senior members of the Baath party were executed if they had the fatal word Hamwi—a citizen from Hama – on their identity cards. “Death a thousand times to the hired Muslim Brothers, who linked themselves to the enemies of the homeland,” Assad said after the slaughter.

Years later a retired Dutch diplomat, Nikolaos Van Dam, wrote a detailed study of the Baath party and its Alawi leadership, The Struggle for Power in Syria, and stated presciently of the Hama massacre, that “the massive repression… may very well have sown the seeds of future strife and revenge.” Never a truer word—and if the activists’ estimate that there were 250,000 citizens on the streets of Hama at the weekend to demand the end of the Assad family’s rule is correct, then the seeds of future strife were indeed planted in the historic city’s soil 29 years ago.


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Middle Eastern bloodletting is nothing new.  Syria has been at it for years, with tens of thousands being killed only thirty years ago. 

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New Views of Ancient Culture Suggest Brutal Violence

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Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Harappa have uncovered evidence of immigration but also great violence.

 

They lived in well-planned cities, made exquisite jewelry, and enjoyed the ancient world's best plumbing. But the people of the sophisticatedIndus civilization—which flourished four millennia ago in what is now Pakistan and western India—remain tantalizingly mysterious.

 

Unable to decipher theIndus script, archaeologists have pored over beads, slivers of pottery, andother artifacts for insights into one of the world's first city-building cultures.

 

Now scientists are turning to long-silent witnesses: human bones. In two new studies of skeletons from Indus cemeteries, researchers have found intriguing clues to the makeup of one city's population—and hints that the society there was not as peaceful as it has been portrayed.

 


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Digs in Harrapa are showing it to be far more violent of a place than formerly believed.  Close inspections on skeletal remains from men, women and children show savage trauma, crushed bones and slices in the bones.  Not anything like the area was previously believed to be like.

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Stonehenge life-sized Neolithic homes to be built

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A contract to build three life-sized Neolithic homes at Stonehenge in Wiltshire has been put out to tender.


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While the mystery of Stonehenge continues, officials are paying 60,000 pounds to the bidder that contracts to erect Neolithic homes there.

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The body as an open book on life (Part 1)

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The word Tattoo comes from Tahitian Tatau. In Tahitian it means to mark, to draw or to hit.

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A look at the Tahitian discipline of tattoing, and it's wide-spread adoption around the world.

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Lessons From The Past

www.greennovate.org The grim history of Easter Island may have taken place over 300 years ago but its tragic fate has wider implications. Are we now any more...

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An interesting look into the 700 year removal of trees from Easter Island, it's repercussions on the natives, and the correlation between them and the modernized world.

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Albay and the looming threats of Mt. Mayon

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Online resources on culture, people, history, geography and climate of the Philippines. With informative dining, entertainment and travel guides, forums, maps and best places to visit.

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A short article about Mt. Mayon, in the Phillipines, along with a list of links to other Phillipine areas.

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Learn More About Anne Boleyn's Beheading On Tower Green

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The second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was beheaded on Tower Green following accusations of adultery and incest - discover her story.
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Learn more about the sad demise of Anne Boleyn, who when beheaded, asked that instead of the dull axe they used for most executions, she be allowed execution by french sword.  The Beefeaters on site will tell you that she handed the swordsman a small bag of coins, and asked that he make it swift, which he promptly did, taking her head off in one clean swipe.

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7 Outstanding YouTube Channels for History Teachers

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Here's a great sit for Mobile Learning and Technology.  As teachers, we can never find enough ways to keep up in the classroom.

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A New Era in Mideast History

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The last six decades of Middle Eastern history can be neatly divided into three phases: The first began with Gamal Abdel Nasser's 1952 revolution in Egypt, the second with the Arab world's humiliating loss in the 1967 war with Israel, and the third with the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. A fourth phase likely started over the weekend in Egypt.


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An article concerning the phases of control and regime change in Egypt.

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The Unrest in Europe and Scandinavia – Just the tip of the iceberg

The Unrest in Europe and Scandinavia – Just the tip of the iceberg | Awesome Visuals | Scoop.it

Israeli security experts say that the murder of the British soldier in London and the ongoing riots in Sweden are signs of a massive clash between Moslems that have not integrated in the countries they live in, and are now trying to change thing by...


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The anxiety between Muslims and non-Muslims continues, as European communities find that inclusion and assimilation, can only come if they are wanted.

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Terra Nova Pictures: Antarctic Explorer's Shipwreck Found

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A century after Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole, his ship Terra Nova has been located off Greenland.

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Explorer Scott's ship, the "Terra Nova", is located just off Greenland.

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What People Are Asking: Why are Tower of London guards called 'Beefeaters' - Cecil Whig

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What People Are Asking: Why are Tower of London guards called 'Beefeaters'
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Dear Reader: Built in 1066 by William the Conqueror to keep himself safe from Londoners, the Tower of London began as a royal residence.
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While those of us that have had the good fortune to visit the Tower, can tell you, read on for the answer to this question. 

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Ancient city of Troy rebranded itself after war

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Even ancient cities knew about rebranding. Troy was destroyed by war about 3200 years ago - an event that may have inspired Homer to write the Iliad, 400 years later.

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Interesting article on the city of Troy, after it's defeat.  It is now thought that people stayed, and repopulated the city, but that their allegiences and culture changed with new conquerors.

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Pyramids represent Prehispanic foundational myth

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As an introduction to the myth that supported the Prehispanic world view, the restorer explained the beginning and planning of the 6 ancient cities of the exhibition – Monte Alban, Palenque, Teotihuacan, El Tajin, Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco -,...


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The author explains the Prehispanic peoples reasons for building the massive temples that they did. 

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How students found evidence to change the way we think about Stonehenge

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Stonehenge holds many mysteries, but although there are plenty of competing theories about its purpose, experts agree that the site chosen for such a monumental construction project must have held a very special significance for our...

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Radio Carbon dating puts the site at Stonehenge to be 3,000 years older than the megalith itself.  Digs find that the nomadic people that populated the area had been there for many years.

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The Beach: a Black & White Mobile Photography Photo Essay of Tahiti | My Life's a Trip

The Beach: a Black & White Mobile Photography Photo Essay of Tahiti | My Life's a Trip | Awesome Visuals | Scoop.it

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Beautiful black and white photos of Tahiti, along with links to more, and other gorgeous spots around the world.

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Mysteries of the Ancient World

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Probe some of history's oldest secrets and unanswered questions including Easter Island, Stonehenge, the Parthenon and more

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Answers to a number of the planets long-term mysteries can be found here.  It remains to be seen if they are true.

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Ilocos Sur Travel Guide | Tourism Philippines

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One of the major cultural hubs of the Philippines, the genteel Old World charm and opulent history of Ilocos Sur reflects the hundreds and hundreds of years of being at the crossroads of European and Asian trade and commerce- a trip to Ilocos Sur...

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Phillipines Tourism article, giving insights to the best and brightest spots to visit.

 

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Company Profiles: South America

The storms of history have brought more wreckage than treasure to South American shores.

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A quick listing of countries of South America, as well as their main points.

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The History of the World in 46 Lectures From Columbia University | Open Culture

The History of the World in 46 Lectures From Columbia University | Open Culture | Awesome Visuals | Scoop.it

When you dive into our collection of 700 Free Online Courses, you can begin an intellectual journey that can last for many months, if not years. The collection lets you drop into the classroom of leading universities (like Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Oxford) and essentially audit their courses for free. You get to be a fly on the wall and soak up whatever knowledge you want. All you need is an internet connection and some free time on your hands.

 

Today, we’re featuring two classes taught by Professor Richard Bulliet at Columbia University, which will teach you the history of the world in 46 lectures. The first course, History of the World to 1500 CE (available on YouTube and iTunes Video) takes you from prehistoric times to 1500, the cusp of early modernity. The origins of agriculture; the Greek, Roman and Persian empires; the rise of Islam and Christian medieval kingdoms; transformations in Asia; and the Maritime revolution — they’re all covered here. In the second course, History of the World Since 1500 CE (find on YouTube), Bulliet focuses on the rise of colonialism in the Americas and India; historical developments in China, Japan and Korea; the Industrial Revolution; the Ottoman Empire; the emergence of Social Darwinism; and various key moments in 20th century history.

 

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This sight allows you to drop in on lectures from places like MIT, Oxford, Stanford and Harvard, to learn about history.  Choose from scads of lectures, including a set of 46 that will teach you the complete history of the world.

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History for Music Lovers - YouTube Channel

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Music videos we made to make teaching history more fun.

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Here's a cool site where you can learn about history through music.  Outstanding!

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Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object (TEDTalks)

A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.


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A wonderful compilation of facts and written data on the Middle East.

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Historic camp site of Antarctica explorers discovered

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A hundred years after a Norwegian and English team raced each other to be the first on the South Pole, scientists re-discovered one of their camp sites in Antarctica, located on the slopes of the world's southernmost volcano.

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Scientists believe they have found the camp of the ill-fated Scott expedition to find the South Pole.

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David Connolly's curator insight, December 19, 2012 4:14 AM

A place of quiet contemplation at human endurance and adventure