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From the Cold War to the Russian Revolution-bits and pieces from the Net that you might find useful, courtesy of St Alban's College library (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at vanzyla@stalbanscollege.com)
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Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo | 100 Photos | TIME

Published on Nov 28, 2016
We don't know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 800 feet up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan's vertical expansion. In this unprecedented exploration of 100 photographs that shaped the human experience, TIME goes behind each spectacular image to reveal how and why it changed the course of history.

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Heavy Action At The Somme - The Fight For Monastir I THE GREAT WAR Week 121

Published on Nov 17, 2016
The battlefield at the Somme flared into action this week with the same disastrous consequences. The soldiers fighting for the British Army even analysed the problems they were facing in the repeated assaults but to no avail. At the same time, the Serbs, supported by French troops, continued towards their home and fought for Monastir on the Macedonian Front.

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Carving up the Middle East I The Economist

Published on Nov 24, 2016
This week in 1915, British diplomat Mark Sykes described for The Economist the battle underway in the Middle East. A few months later he carved up control of the region with his French counterpart Francois George Picot. The impact of the secret agreeement they reached is still being felt today

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The Fall Of The Mongol Empire I Seeker Daily

Published on Nov 19, 2016
Despite the Mongol Empire's fierce rise to power, it no longer exists today. So how did this mighty empire collapse?

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The Grave of the Man Who Never Was: Operation Mincemeat I Tom Scott

Published on Nov 7, 2016
In a cemetery in Huelva, in Spain, is the grave of Major William Martin, of the British Royal Marines. Or rather, it's the grave of a man called Glyndwr Michael, who served his country during World War 2 in a very unexpected way... after his death.

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WWII: Operation Torch Begins - 1942 | Today in History | 8 Nov 16 I Movietone

Published on Nov 7, 2016
On November 8, 1942, Operation Torch, resulting in an Allied victory, began during World War II as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa. The Anglo-American Expedition to landing places on the North African coast - Operation Torch. This part of the operation was the landing at Oran.

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This Was The Biggest Murder Trial In History I Seeker Daily

Published on Oct 25, 2016
After the fall of the Nazi regime, war criminals were sentenced by an international tribunal. So what exactly were these Nuremberg trials?

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How much of human history is on the bottom of the ocean? - Peter Campbell I TED-Ed

Published on Oct 20, 2016
Sunken relics, ghostly shipwrecks, and lost cities aren’t just wonders found in fictional adventures. Beneath the ocean’s surface, there are ruins where people once roamed and shipwrecks loaded with artifacts from another time. Peter Campbell takes us into the huge underwater museum that is our ocean to see what these artifacts can tell us about humanity.

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Berlin: Exhibit recreates Hitler's bunker | DW News

Published on Oct 28, 2016
Hitler spent the last days of his life holed up in a Berlin bunker, which was demolished after World War II. Tourists still visit the spot where it originally stood. Now the organizers of an exhibit have recreated it about two kilometers away.

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France Turns The Tide At Verdun I THE GREAT WAR Week 118

Published on Oct 27, 2016
Meticulous planning, patience and and improvement supply chain meant that the French were finally ready to push the Germans back at Verdun. And the recapture of Fort Douaumont was as much an odd story as was the capture a few months earlier.

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The crisis in Aleppo, explained I VOX

Published on Oct 25, 2016
The key battle in the Syrian civil war.

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The Dancing Plague Of 1518 - Brit Lab

Published on Oct 20, 2016
Everyone loves a good boogie, but what if you couldn't stop. What if you danced to death?! This is exactly what happened in this week's case of scientific interest.

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Adolf Hitler was the 'Fuhrer of drugs' - BBC News

Published on Oct 10, 2016
Adolf Hitler was a heavy user of cocaine and a heroin-like opiate. Norman Ohler has written a book called Blitzed filled with shocking revelations.

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The far right in Britain | Guardian explainers

Published on Nov 28, 2016
From Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in the 1930s through to the National Front, the British National party and the English Defence League, the far right in Britain has been part of the political landscape for decades. Now anti-immigration sentiment is moving closer to the mainstream and far right extremism is a growing cause for concern.

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Tokio Jokio | 1943 | World War 2 Era Propaganda Cartoon

Published on Nov 19, 2016
Tokio Jokio is a 1943 comic Looney Tunes cartoon, an animated short film produced by Warner Bros. It was intended as an American propaganda film against Japan while the two countries were at war. As with most of the Looney Tunes shorts produced during World War 2, the film consists of a series of rapid-fire, short gag vignettes.

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I thought this might be useful since it gives one a feel for the mood at the time, but it is also pretty racist. Watch before use!

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Malema, Goebbels & the dark art of racial propaganda - OPINION | Politicsweb

Malema, Goebbels & the dark art of racial propaganda - OPINION | Politicsweb | History resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

24 Nov 2016

James Myburgh says the media is underestimating quite how dangerous the EFF leadership’s rhetoric is

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The Story of The Lusitania I OUT OF THE ETHER I The Great War

Published on Nov 17, 2016
Out Of The Ether is our format in which Indy Neidell reads the best comments from the community. This week we are talking about the Lusitania and some of the recent discoveries.

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It’s now on America’s institutions – and Republicans – to check Donald Trump I VOX

Published on Nov 9, 2016
Donald Trump has won the US presidential election. Now it is up to America’s institutions, and the people within them, to check his worst instincts. He is entering an office that is weaker than many realize – but Republicans control everything — the House, the Senate, and, after an appointment, the Supreme Court. If Trump is to be checked, it will be because his own party checks him.

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Flashes of Action: Actualities of the World War

Published on Nov 7, 2016
Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 9/18/1947-2/28/1964 (Most Recent)

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This is really useful silent footage from World War One released by the US National Archives. Trench and tank warfare, daily life on the front line and much more.

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What caused the French Revolution? - Tom Mullaney I TED-Ed

Published on Oct 27, 2016
What rights do people have, and where do they come from? Who gets to make decisions for others, and on what authority? And how can we organize society to meet people’s needs? Tom Mullaney shows how these questions challenged an entire nation during the upheaval of the French Revolution.

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Soweto Uprising: The Story Behind Sam Nzima's Photograph | TIME

Published on Oct 11, 2016
40 years ago, a protest against Afrikaans in the South African town of Soweto was violently put down by police, sparking a growing fight against apartheid with Sam Nzima's photo of Hector Pieterson.

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France admits to Roma internment during WWII I Al Jazeera

Published on Oct 30, 2016
French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged his country's role in the internment of the Roma ethnic group during the second world war. Since then, many Romas still live a difficult life in France where they have to battle against poor living conditions, homelessness and police brutality.

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Falling in Love with the Beloved Land | Daily Maverick

Falling in Love with the Beloved Land | Daily Maverick | History resources for South African Teachers | Scoop.it

30 Oct 2016

It’s a year since EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT started her Daily Maverick adventure with Evita’s Free Speech. Maybe this will cheer up readers in the light of the dark low clouds that cover our sun in the day and our rainbow by night.

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Step into This Soviet Arcade Time Machine I Big Story

Published on Oct 20, 2016
While American teens in the '80s were obsessing over Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, their Soviet counterparts were playing arcade games meant to prepare them for war. At the time, video games weren't easily accessible in the Soviet Union. So the government fashioned them from refrigerators and calculators with the goal of training young Soviets for combat.

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Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush? I The Smithsonian

Published on Oct 21, 2016
When archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the cause. A later study revealed something much more intriguing.

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