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The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Rich in foodstuffs, textiles, gold, and coca, the Inca were masters of city building but nevertheless had no money.

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The Incas are always a fascinating topic.

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Charted: China’s Great Famine, according to Yang Jisheng, a journalist who lived through it

Charted: China’s Great Famine, according to Yang Jisheng, a journalist who lived through it | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Veteran Chinese journalist and historian Yang Jisheng investigated the massive death toll from China's Great Famine, and the government policies that caused it, in Tombstone, a book that is often considered the most authoritative account of the man-made disaster that stretched from 1958 to 1962. Published in 2008, the book is still banned in Mainland...
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Really interesting read about one of the most momentous periods of the 20th Century that gets little press (for a whole lot of reasons).
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Really interesting read about one of the most momentous periods of the 20th Century that gets little press (for a whole lot of reasons).
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Veteran Chinese journalist and historian Yang Jisheng investigated the massive death toll from China’s Great Famine in his book, Tombstone.
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Dismantling the Spitfire myth

Dismantling the Spitfire myth | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
There are too many myths about the Supermarine Spitfire to list, but uppermost is the notion that it was in any way a war-winning weapon. In fact, it might have been a war-losing one had circumstan...
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So this is a fascinating bit of history. I have always believed (why I don't know, but there are hints about this in the first section) that the Spitfire was the greatest dog fighter of the first half of the Second World War. It may have been, but it clearly had some shortcomings that needed to be considered and have never, in my recollection, been mentioned in anything else I have read.

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Belgium Commemorates Waterloo With Euro, and France Is Not Pleased

Belgium Commemorates Waterloo With Euro, and France Is Not Pleased | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
The Belgians were less victors over Napoleon than hosts to the defeat that ended his ambitions, but they have minted a new coin to celebrate the day.
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Well I find it hilarious, but I guess it does have a more serious side. Nonetheless, France is defeated once again on the fields of Waterloo. Somewhere Wellington is smiling from his grave and the British must, no doubt, be pleased.

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What World War II films say about the Cold War | Russia Beyond The Headlines

What World War II films say about the Cold War | Russia Beyond The Headlines | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Hollywood and Mosfilm reinforced national narratives about the war in their movies
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I've plainly never heard of these Russian/Soviet movies, I think they might be worth seeing. Interesting how the narrative once established barely wavers. I wonder if we could ever have a Canadian narrative for the Second World War?

 

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8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire

8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Is our republic coming to an unceremonious end? History may not be on America's side
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We often hear: "History repeats itself," while that is a simplistic statement it is always interesting when somebody manages to bring up interesting parallels between the past and the present. This is an excellent example. 

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Vimy: The day the earth shook - Macleans.ca

Vimy: The day the earth shook - Macleans.ca | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In 2007, for the 90th anniversary of Canada's battle at Vimy Ridge, novelist Joseph Boyden returned to the trenches, conjuring the fallen

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An day of great interest in Canadian history; much to ponder.

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Why ISIS Isn’t Medieval

Why ISIS Isn’t Medieval | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
Graeme Wood’s recent Atlantic essay on “What ISIS Really Wants” is an exceptionally thoughtful assessment of the Islamic State as a group bent on “medieval” violence. It should be required reading, and succeeds in large part because it offers a mainstream, accessible look at ISIS’s political, religious, and apocalyptic goals...
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This is an excellent article with some superb links regarding the way history is being used both by ISIS and by the forces arrayed against them. It has some excellent links and some excellent background information on many historical events that we should consider more thoroughly, ultimately, it is all about the way history is told, historiography in other words.

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The 'Selma' Controversy: Why Historical Movies Can, and Should, Leave Things Out

The 'Selma' Controversy: Why Historical Movies Can, and Should, Leave Things Out | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
It's too bad "Selma's" critics don't read movies with anything like the attention they pay to history books.
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An interesting look at whether we need historical 'realism' in a dramatic movie. The movie 'Selma' certainly appears to be a movie worthy of discussion on that point, but hopefully people will see it first and then discuss it.

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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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Discovering a Different Side of Black History in the Archives of the Black Press

Discovering a Different Side of Black History in the Archives of the Black Press | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
O’Day Short, a black refrigeration engineer from Los Angeles, defied local racism when he bought land in a traditionally white neighborhood of Fontana, ...
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This is why the investigation of history remains important. For a long time the standard narrative did not include these voices, it is important that they are being uncovered and discussed. This will change the historiography of many events. 
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This Aircraft Carrier Did Not Exist

This Aircraft Carrier Did Not Exist | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
One of the strange little stories of World War II involves the aircraft carrier USS Robin, which didn’t really exist. There was a carrier that sailors called the Robin. She and her sailors were underneath U.S. Navy command, took part in American battles and launched U.S. planes with American pilots. She...
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I really enjoy history and it's the stories like this, something that I have read a lot about that always surprise me. It's not a big story, but it is a reminder that history it much more complex than a simple narrative outlined in a book. Especially when the books I've read have been American and never once talked about the British ship that sailed partly to their rescue.

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What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire

What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it

There is The idea that further Western imperialism could now bring order to the Middle East is the ultimate anachronism.

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Here is an example of the use of history can be used to prove some very decisive points. I encourage you to read the article to which this is linked as well. 

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Family Photos From Ukraine - Spiritually Free | News

Family Photos From Ukraine - Spiritually Free | News | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
In Ukraine, whose tumultuous 20th-century history has spilled over into a bloody battle for its 21st-century identity, every picture tells a story.
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An interesting insight into Ukraine, Russia and the Soviet Union. Part of a series as well.

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After Tambora

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IF ALIENS had been watching the Earth during 1815 the chances are they would not have noticed the cannon fire of Waterloo, let alone the final decisions of the...
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Excellent piece on the history a volcanic eruption that had interesting effects on the history of the world around us. It always has some excellent science on the impact of volcanoes on our climate. Well worth reading on both counts.

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The ‘Tsar Bomba’ Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke

The 'Tsar Bomba' Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke - War Is Boring - Medium
But it was far too big to ever be a practical weapon
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A really interesting look at the largest nuclear bomb ever dropped, a height of the Cold War kind of moment.

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How Did We Get Into This Mess?: The Jews and the Crusades (New York Times): We are not perfect.

How Did We Get Into This Mess?: The Jews and the Crusades (New York Times): We are not perfect. | Osborne IB History | Scoop.it
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There have been lots of discussions online about the medieval nature of ISIS and such, this article, however, presents a very important counter-point to that discussion.

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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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