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Why Many Cities Are Located In The Wrong Place

Why Many Cities Are Located In The Wrong Place | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A historical problem.


The world is urbanising rapidly (World Urbanization Prospects, the 2011 Revision). Some of its rapidly growing cities, however, seem to be misplaced. They are located in places hampered by poor access to world markets, shortages of water, or vulnerability to flooding, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

This outcome – cities being stuck in the wrong places – has dire economic and social consequences. When thinking about policy responses, a key research question is whether historical events can leave towns trapped in suboptimal places.

New research on a historical ‘experiment’

Our recent research looks at this issue by comparing the evolution of two initially similar urban networks following a historical calamity that wiped out one, while leaving the other largely intact (Michaels and Rauch 2013). The specific setting in which we examine this is northwestern Europe, where we trace out the effects of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire more than 1500 years ago, through to the present day.

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Tracy Klug's curator insight, December 20, 2013 9:38 AM

This combined with climate change, where will our biggest city centers be relocated to?

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Researchers reveal Stonehenge stones hold incredible musical properties

Researchers reveal Stonehenge stones hold incredible musical properties | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) have discovered that the stones used to construct Stonehenge hold musical properties and when struck, sound like bells, drums and gongs.
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Some ancient mysteries capture the imagination and Stonehenge has always been that great unknown.  This might explain why the builders worked so hard to bring the stones over 150 miles to this location.  

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Facebook News Feed: WW II

Facebook News Feed: WW II | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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This is not the most reputable site or the most historically accurate information.  Then why would I share it?  I can see this making sense to some of our must reluctant students. 

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Heather Ramsey's comment, November 21, 2013 3:00 PM
Sure, but it still makes me laugh almost to the point of tears. I may, or may not, have fuzzed out some of the crass language and used a few lines of it during a unit on the French Revolution... ;)
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Civil War Battles & Casualties

Civil War Battles & Casualties | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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You can explore the data through time and space to really get a sense of the historical and geographic embeds and flows of the Civil War in this fantastic interactive mapYou can also 'experience' the war at a variety of scales and see some of the local nuances of the this historic tragedy.  

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:11 PM

Awesome interactive map of Civil War battles

Arlis Groves's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:09 PM

This interactive map can be a helpful resource for details about battle casualties.

Teresa M. Nash's comment, November 28, 2013 2:20 AM
Awesome!
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Death to Pennies

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My children are avid coin collectors and they think it is sacrelige to discuss abolishing the penny.  I am all for tradition, but when the only reason for continuing a certain practice is simply because that's how it has always been, that is when you know that a tradition has outlined its utility.  What other elements of society are there simply because we can't imagine doing things differently?    

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Free Printable Social Studies Tests, Worksheets, and Activities

Free Printable Social Studies Tests, Worksheets, and Activities | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Develop critical thinking skills and understanding of U.S. and world history and geography with these social studies tests, interactive activities, and review worksheets.
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Mohamed Cherif's comment, September 27, 2013 5:43 AM
I find it very helpful for younger learners
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Perceptions of Historians

Perceptions of Historians | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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When you type type "historians are" into Google, these are the auto-completions searches that it will suggest.  At first it might be easy to dismiss this list as meaningless; this list though, is generated by ideas on the internet and reflects some ideas that exist about historians.  Why do these ideas exist?  How could we change the perpective of history as as discipline?    

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Justin McCullough's curator insight, September 18, 2013 3:09 PM

As a history major, when i first saw this, immediately I couldn't help but cringe a little when I saw that the first search item (Historians are dangerous people). True, historians are past caring, writers, and to an extent, I guess, are prophets in reverse. However, I later recalled reading a 1932 article written by, historian, Carl Becker. Titled "Everyman His Own Historian," Becker discusses that the job or work of a historian is as simple as any eveyday job or occurence of the common man (of the 1930s that is). Using the illustration of Mr. Everyman who, after some research, realizes that he has to pay a coal bill. While paying the bill, he realizes that, after a bit of research by the coal company, he does not owe this particular company money. Rather the company states that he owes the money to another company. This company gladly confirms the findings of the former one. The bill is paid, and Mr. Everyman's and the company's research has left him satisfied. 

What I am trying to say is that, this simple illustration of an everyday event, of a common person, is relatable to the work of a historian. Although, historians, may seem dangerous, scholarly writers who are overcaring about the past, or even prophets in reverse, Their work is as simple as research of the past and observation of present events in comparison to events of the past. 

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The History of Chemical Warfare

The History of Chemical Warfare | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"The history of chemical weapons is largely a history of occasions on which they have not been used. This is in part because they were prohibited—indeed, they were banned before they were actually used."

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Syria's uses of chemical weapons has raised concern to prevention the proliferation and usage of weapons of these sorts. 

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Stanford History Education Group

Stanford History Education Group | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The Stanford History Education Group has amassed some great resources for social studies teachers.  Their chief resources is a program called Reading Like a Historian.  The program has 71 stand-alone lessons for U.S. History organized within 11 units. These lessons span colonial to Cold War America and cover a range of political, social, economic, and cultural topics. They are continuing to expand the Reading Like a Historian program to World History.  Currently there are 15 lessons from across the world history sequence with more lesson plans under development that will be released in the next few months.


Tags: historical, teacher training.

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20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color."


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This is a great collection with some famous historical figures and images that seem to capture an era. 

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Tony Hall's curator insight, August 15, 2013 11:08 PM

This is cool! Really cool! I love monochrome photography but as the comment says "colorizers ... bring historic photos to life through color". Love it!

theo kuechel's comment, August 16, 2013 4:35 AM
This is fascinating for a number of reasons, firstly; in these days of digital photography where the default is 'colour' many photographers choose to convert their images to Black and White in order to create a mood or make visual statements. Although the images used in the piece will be Copyrighted - Flickr Commons http://www.flickr.com/commons offers a wealth of B&W images from museums around the world with 'no known copyright restrictions'. These could be used for all manner of educational and creative projects using colorising techniques.
Armando's curator insight, August 16, 2013 7:28 AM
20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized
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Inside WWII: Interactive Maps

Inside WWII: Interactive Maps | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Go inside World War II and get new insight into the people, battles and events you thought you knew.

Via Joe Andrade
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World War II had a profound impact on so many places; the issues that contributed to these events and complex and inter-related.  This interactive with videos, pictures and commentary is a veritable treasure trove of resources for teachers and students alike.  

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Amy Marques's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:54 PM

This is a great website! It shows never before seen photos from WWII. Something to notice about the photos is the section on Japanese-Americans. It's an eye opener to the way in which Japanese-Americans were treated during WWII. Many americans are almost blind to what the US was trying to end, German expansion in Europe and ending the holocaust, however at the same time, we had our own concentration camps here in CalifornIa.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 23, 2013 1:25 PM

Nice quick way to get the user to see some of the key aspects of the War.  Showing the pan-germanism that Hitler esposed when taking the Sudetenland in the former Czechoslovakia to showing the suffering the civilian population of Leningrad.

Greta Brewin's curator insight, October 31, 2013 2:20 AM

This is an interactive map of the world, which depicts the events and facts of the Second World War. Showing the impact felt all across the world and full of historical facts and information. It goes into detail about the motivations behind life changing decisions made and then the impact of them. Full of images, animations and videos, this website is sure to engage and entertain students. This map works geography into the history curriculum, and demonstrates the geographical impact on decision making in the war. It discusses the profound impact felt world wide from WWII and visually demonstrates it, which is great for visual learners. It is full of information for teachers and students. This interactive map is a wonderful resource for any history teacher or history student. 

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When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884."

 

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I show this picture to my classes with the simple prompt: this was a major figure in U.S. history in the first half of the 20th century.  Most pick female historical figures and are startled to find out that it was a revered president.  This slideshow demonstrates the cultural shift over time that has led to gendered norms on dress in the United States.  This article is quite compelling.

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Delicia Worrill's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:20 AM

May work for a Psychology or Sociology class as well.

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 

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July 1-3 mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it seems only appropriate to share these rich, interactive resources to commemorate the event (this particular interactive feature uses an ESRI storymap template).  This fantastic example from the Smithsonian Magazine shows how history teaching and research can be benefited by using GIS with the example of Gettysburg.  Many student today visit the sites of the Battle of Gettysburg and get a greater appreciation of battle by getting a sense of the lay of the land and the  challenged confronting both armies.  National Geographic has additionally put together resources to made out other Civil War battles.  GIS is not a tool that is just for geographers; any analysis that requires spatial analysis can be mapped. 


Tags: historicalwar, landscape, spatial, GIS, ESRI.

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Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 2014 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 28, 2014 1:13 PM

unit 1

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:14 PM

Just another of the millions of uses for GIS...

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Medical History

Medical History | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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I found this on social media (unfortunately I don't have an original source to link to fo documentation) and was greatly impressed by the information here, but also the historical implications of this information.  Could/would this happen today?  How would the world be different is this was the 'new normal?'  How would the world be different if this never did happen?

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Gilbert C FAURE's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:02 AM

but nowadays, researchers spend much time to get money to work.... and to learn and on the other hand, biotherapies market is skyrocketting!

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An Interactive 3D Model of the JFK Assassination Site, Grassy Knoll and All

An Interactive 3D Model of the JFK Assassination Site, Grassy Knoll and All | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A Danish graphic designer has pieced together historic photos and maps to create an interactive digital diorama of the fateful moments
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The Maps 101 podcast that I wrote was more on the life of JFK, this Smithsonian Blog article is more about his death.  Which is more interesting?  It all depends on your perspective as there was plenty of mystery and drama in both life and death for JFK.  

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What A Thug's Life Looked Like In 19th Century India

What A Thug's Life Looked Like In 19th Century India | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Today's thugs can trace their ancestry to the highway robbers who formed the Thuggee Cult of India.
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The word "thug" today as used in the United States rarely brings up images of India.  This term since the 1830's connotated a criminality that was endemic to a sub-culture.  Whether it was used by colonial British to stigmatize the lower classes of India as barbaric or sub-human or in the United States to describe inner-city youth, it is a term that is loaded will class, ethnicity and gendered notions. 

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Make Social Studies Come Alive with Web Maps

Make Social Studies Come Alive with Web Maps | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Web maps can transform subjects such as geography, history, and civics from long reading assignments into visual learning experiences."

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I'm a believer in using Web Maps in my geography courses and I think that is fairly obvious why.  This article expands the uses of web maps beyond just the geography classroom to all the social studies.  Thanks to Joseph Kerski, one of the best advocates that GIS educators could ever have, for writing this article.

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, June 4, 2015 3:33 PM

If Dr. Dixon likes it, it must be good!

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You wouldn't see this today...

You wouldn't see this today... | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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In this 1880 picture we see child laborers taking a smoking break.  These miniature adults made be think about the historical changes in childhood and what it meant to be a child.  Many children have to grow up real quick.  Activity: count the number of ways that would make this image impossible today.

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America’s Sinking Middle Class

America’s Sinking Middle Class | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"The standard of living of most Americans has fallen in the last 25 years; last year, the typical household made $51,017, roughly the same as in 1988.  I have written several times before about how measures of social and economic well-being in the United States have slipped compared to other advanced countries. But it is even more poignant to recognize that, in many ways, America has been standing still for a full generation."

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Dennis V Thomas's curator insight, December 15, 2013 1:35 PM

and before we go blaming one ideology over another....  it is since 1988.  Yes it is something systemic.

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Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you

Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
John Maynard Keynes, one of the founders of modern economics, made a famous prediction that by 2030, advanced societies would be wealthy enough that leisure time, rather than work, would characterize national lifestyles.
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Here are two articles that might change how you think about the past: the first discusses historical changes in vacations and holidays (we get less now than ever before) and the second discusses historical changes to sleeping patterns (1 8-hour stint is a new thing).  Somethings we erroneously assume that everything is better now than it used to be (or vice versa depending on the issue and your perspective), but the course of human history and is much more complicated than that.  

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Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:02 PM

issomething is this history being rewritten? Or, have we been getting the wrong message from someone?

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Revisiting Martin Luther King's 1963 Dream speech

Revisiting Martin Luther King's 1963 Dream speech | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
As people gather today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, we look at images from that event in 1963 and from tumultuous times during the civil rights movement.
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This is a nice compilation of classic images from Martin Luther Kings speech but also for the entire civil rights movement.  These would serve as great teaching images to have the students analyze them as they would a piece of text to uncover the historical and sociological context.  

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The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. (The David Rumsey Map Collection hosts a fully zoomable version here.)
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This histomap is incredibly detailed (grab the gray bar on the righthand side of the image to scroll down) and quite long.  See the high resolution image here.  

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Shelby Redman's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:23 PM

This is really neat

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:38 PM

Often times I find it hard to think of history as simply a recolection of time. Youspend your childhood looking at timelines and learning history linearly you often forget that this is not the case. I found this work to be very asthetically pleasing and helpful as well.

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:55 PM

Often times I find it hard to think of history as simply a recolection of time. Youspend your childhood looking at timelines and learning history linearly you often forget that this is not the case. I found this work to be very asthetically pleasing and helpful as well.

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The making of Americans: Immigration

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The "melting pot" has been glorified, vilified, and dismissed as obsolete. But both census data and the stories of millions of individual immigrants indicate that the not-always-easy process of assimilation is alive and well.

Via Mr. David Burton, AP US History, Al Picozzi
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Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:00 PM

It is a melting pot.  It get less and less of the older immigrations, Irish, Italian and other, but newer immigrants add to this melting pot.  I once read someone said that their grandparents were Italian-Italian immigrants, they they were Italian-American, that their kids are American-Italian and thayt their grandkids will be American-American, the pot might get dilluted every so often, but someone will always add to it.

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European History Interactive Map

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This interactive map allows users to explore the shifting political organization of space in Europe over time and place.  While there might be some minor errors, it is certainly worth your time to investigate this.

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, August 10, 2013 7:51 PM

So many uses!

Lola Jennings- Edquist's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:56 AM

What an awesome map! A great resource for teaching kids history- and making it simple to understand, as well as interactive. Can be used in conjunction with the 'Protest Sites' map I scooped above; in a unit on protests and change around the world. 

 

I think it links to most areas of Humanities, which is cool. I showed it to some of the kids from placement and they loved it! 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:28 PM

Great Quick tool to use and very informative.

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Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China

Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Law mandates that children regularly visit their parents and avoid "overlooking or neglecting" elders, although the specific punishment isn't clear.

 

"Imagine a world where it was illegal not to visit your ageing parents. Where your grandpa could take you to court for not paying him enough attention. That world exists, and it's called China. As of this week, the country has a new law that forbids "overlooking or neglecting the elderly."

It's not clear what exactly lies in store for you if you don't, and many Chinese internet users have criticized the legislation as unworkable and overly moralizing. But anyone commenting online, we might fairly assume, probably isn't one of the old people the law is intended to protect.

 

At least one senior citizen has already used it to her advantage: a 77-year-old woman from Wuxi successfully petitioned a court to order her daughter to spend time with her "at least once every two months, and on at least two of China's national holidays." What happy occasions those will be. "

 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130702/grandmother-77-wins-first-china-neglect-case

 

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Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's comment, July 3, 2013 3:26 AM
what the hell!