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Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy

Setting the Stage for the Titanic Tragedy | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
New research suggests that a series of celestial and atmospheric events may have affected the Titanic disaster and rescue attempts, 100 years ago this week.
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Judge scolds B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office in ‘frivolous’ case

Judge scolds B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office in ‘frivolous’ case | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
B.C. Supreme Court justice orders controversial Civil Forfeiture Office to return pickup truck seized in ‘frivolous’ case
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While we watched the video today regarding search and seizure in the US, you should also read this article pertaining to a similar seizure of issues in British Columbia.

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Josh Freed: Bridge name game spurs an accidental history lesson

Josh Freed: Bridge name game spurs an accidental history lesson | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
The best part of the whole bridge naming controversy is that it accidentally gave a history lesson to many of us. Like many people, I’ve spent the week reading about Champlain for the first time si...
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Besides this article being bitingly satirical, the whole question of what figures we chose to name our infrastructure after is still controversial, although often, unlike this case, fails to engage the public imagination.

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Putin has defended the Nazi-Soviet pact. Time for the west to wake up

Putin has defended the Nazi-Soviet pact. Time for the west to wake up | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Linas Linkevičius: It was the pact that led to world war two. Western democracies must no longer turn a blind eye to Putin the aggressor
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An event that shook the world 75 years ago is raised in this article that examines the Nazi-Soviet Pact with thin the context of this last year's actions by Russia.

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Gwynne Dyer: No, Vladimir Putin is not another Adolf Hitler

Gwynne Dyer: No, Vladimir Putin is not another Adolf Hitler | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
There’s no need to nip his plan for world conquest in the bud. He doesn’t have one.
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There is a tendency to link anything and everything foreign and 'bad' with Nazism. That is not only spectacular sloppy history it is also dangerous. Vladimir Putin is not Hitler, maybe not a nice guy, but a far cry from Hitler.

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World War One Archive - Telegraph

World War One Archive - Telegraph | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it

Every day from now until the end of 2018 we will be republishing in PDF form the full original edition of The Daily Telegraph of 100 years ago. The archive will grow into a fascinating record of how the First World War was reported, but the accounts of life on the home front - and of a world that was vanishing - are just as gripping

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Excellent newspaper source for looking at World War I. Interesting to see how it newspapers were constructed 100 years ago, as well as the news as it was understood at the time.

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One of the Most Devastating Volcanic Eruptions in Human History Just Got Even Worse

One of the Most Devastating Volcanic Eruptions in Human History Just Got Even Worse | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared in The Conversation. Most have heard of the Battle of Waterloo, but who has heard of the volcano called Tambora? No school textbook I’ve seen mentions that only two months before Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815, the faraway Indonesian island of Sumbawa was the site of...
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History has many causes, here's one that we should not easily overlook, yet for two hundred years, this one has remained obscured. The why for this is an important reminder of some of the limitations of historic knowledge.

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To understand Putin, view the world with a different lens

To understand Putin, view the world with a different lens | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Expecting the Russian president to behave like other G8 leaders is to misunderstand the man and his mission
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The lens of history shines on, and in this case there are some entirely predictable and disturbing results.

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Abolitionist or Terrorist?

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Why Denmark Vesey remains a divisive figure in South Carolina.
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An excellent article about historical memory and seeing history through modern lenses.

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Why Stalin loved Tarzan and wanted John Wayne shot - Telegraph

Why Stalin loved Tarzan and wanted John Wayne shot - Telegraph | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
The Soviet dictator was also a film buff who'd teach Eisenstein how to make movies. Simon Sebag Montefiore delves into the newly opened Politburo archives.
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A fascinating look at Stalin's obsession and passion for films.

 

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Nov. 22, 1916: Military ‘slackers’ need not apply

Nov. 22, 1916: Military ‘slackers’ need not apply | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Federal civil service examinations were restricted to soldiers returning from the battlefronts of the First World War or men declared unfit for military service.
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Canada 1916 - World War I, the hunt to punish 'slackers'.

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A 24-foot Panorama of the Most Infamous Day of World War I

A 24-foot Panorama of the Most Infamous Day of World War I | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
--- The Great War by Joe Sacco. Norton. See all the pieces in this month’s Slate Book Review. Sign up for the Slate Book Review monthly newsletter.
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Interesting new book detailing WWI.

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Dead dictators now venerated in their homelands

Dead dictators now venerated in their homelands | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Although their ideologies have been discredited and atrocities exposed, their followers are proud of their fame and military might
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History has many twists and turns, these aren't the first dictators to be 'rehabbed' and they certainly won't be the last. What potential traps does that lay for the history of these countries?

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Bizarre Regional Laws In the U.S. Are Even Weirder Than You Thought

Bizarre Regional Laws In the U.S. Are Even Weirder Than You Thought | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Every now and then there's a writeup of some weird U.S. laws, and it's always interesting to see what random stuff merited legislation at one time or another.
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This is quite history, but it is most definitely related to history. It's interesting to see what has changed, and in these cases, what hasn't. Just remmeber - no hunting camels in Arizona (or was that Nevada?)

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The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
The United States has
misinterpreted the end of Communism for a quarter of a century. It's time to
set the record straight.
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An important point of historical debate here and it is, in effect haunting us still. If you are interested in the Cold War, this is a must read. Great potential for a historical investigation.

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Monument to Berlin Wall's fall symbolizes how Germans are still coming to terms with its painful history

Monument to Berlin Wall's fall symbolizes how Germans are still coming to terms with its painful history | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Tough questions still swirl: Have those in East Germany who abused power been held to account? And did the revolution of 1989 accomplish what it set out to?
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25 years on the society still reflects a 40+ year division. Should people who committed crimes under a previous regime? These are questions still to be dealt with. History can have long tentacles.

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Burkina Faso: Ghost of 'Africa's Che Guevara'

Burkina Faso: Ghost of 'Africa's Che Guevara' | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In the weeks before violent protests, some
Burkinabes' thoughts turned to slain leader Thomas Sankara for inspiration.
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An interesting story out of Africa shedding light on many things that I was not aware of.

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Does the World Need the Idea of “Bad” Germans?

Does the World Need the Idea of “Bad” Germans? | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Since World War Two, guilt and shame have defined Germany's international role. Why does the world still cling to the idea of "bad" Germans?
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This is a really good article looking at the effects of the shadow of history on Germany. Considering the shadows that loom in Germany's history, it's post-war development has been especially fraught. An excellent read.

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The successful 70-year campaign to convince people the USA and not the USSR beat Hitler

The successful 70-year campaign to convince people the USA and not the USSR beat Hitler | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
There are a lot of reasons Hitler lost. A big one was that the Red Army demolished the German Army.
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This is the basic reason why we study history, don't let people pull the wool over your eyes.

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How the Ukraine crisis ends

How the Ukraine crisis ends | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
OPINION | Because Ukraine hasn’t had time to learn the art of compromise, the U.S. should aid in reconciliation, the former secretary of state writes.
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Henry Kissinger has had a profound influence on foreign policy stretching back for decades. His actions have been controversial in the past, but when he speaks (or writes), he brings an understanding that few others possess. That's why this article is worth a read.

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NATO's Eastward Expansion: Did the West Break Its Promise to Moscow? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

NATO's Eastward Expansion: Did the West Break Its Promise to Moscow? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accused the West of breaking promises made after the fall of the Iron Curtain, saying that NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe violated commitments made during the negotiations over German reunification. Newly discovered documents from Western archives support the Russian position.
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The back story to some of the events in Ukraine. This is the shadow of the Cold War and Russia has powerful forces that believe they were deceived. It is all fine and good to say they're wrong, but now they've got soldiers on the ground in Crimea, so what are you going to do? How does NATO (and that includes Canada by the way) respond to this?

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Deported by Stalin to Central Asia

Deported by Stalin to Central Asia | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Seventy years ago, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin deported the entire Ingush and Chechen populations. About a third died before they were allowed back.
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An often overlooked bit of history, and one that is connected to the upset in the caucuses that threatened the Olympics, and continues to threaten people there today.

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The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War

The Rhyme of History: Lessons of the Great War | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In a new Brookings Essay, eminent historian Margaret MacMillan compares the world today with the one that was shattered in 1914, with the start of World War I.
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We are still a long ways from covering WWI in class, but this is something everyone should read. It's excellent, written by one of the most eminent historians of modern times.

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Nazi Science Is Still Haunting Anatomy and Fueling Conservatives’ Worst Anti-Abortion Arguments

Nazi Science Is Still Haunting Anatomy and Fueling Conservatives’ Worst Anti-Abortion Arguments | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In 1941, Charlotte Pommer graduated from medical school at the University of Berlin and went to work for Hermann Stieve, head of the school’s Institute of Anatomy.
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A historical must read if you have any interest at all in going into medicine or the Nazis more generally. An absolute must read for students in Theory of Knowledge. Really as history students we should all read this and be aware of the situation.

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Thirty years ago: the nuclear crisis which frightened Thatcher and Reagan into ending the Cold War | Nuclear Information Service

Thirty years ago: the nuclear crisis which frightened Thatcher and Reagan into ending the Cold War | Nuclear Information Service | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it

It has been described as "one of the most dangerous episodes of the Cold War" – possibly the closest the planet has ever come to a nuclear war, and even more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Thirty years ago this week the Soviet Union and the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war, when paranoid Soviet leaders, terrified that a NATO military exercise codenamed Able Archer 83 was a cover for a surprise nuclear attack on the Warsaw Pact, placed their own nuclear forces on alert ready to respond.

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This year we will be discussing national interests. The survival of a nation seems to be the ultimate interest. What happens when that survival requires a total elimination of the 'enemy' in a pre-emptive attack. We almost found out in 1983. Watch the documentary.

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The Tricky Questions Raised by a Complicated Genre: The Slave Narrative

The Tricky Questions Raised by a Complicated Genre: The Slave Narrative | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In her New York Times review of 12 Years a Slave, Manohla Dargis praises director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley for defying Hollywood’s dishonest approach to slavery: “It may be the [movie] that finally makes it impossible for American...
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I have not seen this movie, but I am intrigued by what I've heard. I find this article raising some interesting points in tackling the nature of the story and importantly the source of the story. While this should be read if you are going to see the movie, it should be read anyway as it sheds light on an important historical issue - the nature of our source material. Something to keep in mind.

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