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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One | World History | Scoop.it

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This is an interesting article. (Scooped from Dr. Dixon's page.)

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War can disrupt supply chains and also create new modes of production, promote emerging fashions and spur new innovations.  World War I was no blessing, but these inventions are the silver lining. 

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Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century

Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century | World History | Scoop.it
Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ decline
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Geography is complicated. The story of "colony collapse" that is leading to a very real and possibly catastrophic die-off in one of the most important animals on the planet (bees) is linked to US imperialism in the Pacific. In the 1800s, the US sought to control a series of "guano islands" in the Pacific -- rocks covered in bird droppings. The US was *very* aggressive about obtaining these rocks because the chemicals in bird droppings were excellent sources of nitrates -- a key ingredient in gunpowder. In more peaceful times, nitrates are also useful in fertilizer, which transformed agriculture. Eventually German scientists discovered more efficient means of mass producing fertilizer, but the mono-cultures that developed were devastating to bees. 

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The Jews of Arabia

The Jews of Arabia | World History | Scoop.it
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Prior to the foundation of Israel and the rise of antisemitism throughout much of the Middle East, Jews had vibrant communities in many places that they no longer inhabit. Here is an interesting & poignant reminder of people who once lived.  

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1,700-year-old Silk Road cemetery contains mythical carvings

1,700-year-old Silk Road cemetery contains mythical carvings | World History | Scoop.it
A cemetery dating back roughly 1,700 years has been discovered along part of the Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes that once connected China to the Roman Empire
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G20 summit: Is Putin being frozen out?

G20 summit: Is Putin being frozen out? | World History | Scoop.it
Russian president given a frosty reception in Brisbane over his Cold War-style stand-off with the West.
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The temptation to use the historical analogy of the Cold War to discuss tensions with Russia is high, and the ease with which it can be used makes the likelihood of a Cold War style response all the more probable. That's scary. While it is true that it did not end in catastrophe, it was very, very dangerous. 

 

Why Australia is being so aggressive here is anybody's guess. Perhaps they feel it is their duty as hosts to prevent the necessity of their guests from having to do it. 

 

I am unambiguously opposed to Putin's domestic and international policies, but I don't know if I like the idea of insulting him publicly. 

 

The 20th Century analogy I'd consider over the Cold War is a pair of related analogies from the interwar period. 

 

Sanctions:

Prior to World War Two, Japan's economic growth was stymied by sanctions and they became isolated and desperate. They lashed out rather than allow their crumbling global position fall further. Pearl Harbor.

 

Humiliation:

Prior to World War Two, Germany was a nation broken and humiliated.  Depression and deprivation were daily bread. Their victors danced upon the mountains of newly dead. Hitler restored their pride, and then their industry before leading them all, and much of the world, to hell.

 

So regarding the Russia situation at the moment...their economy has been crippled by sanctions, and now Putin has been humiliated.

 

Will my analogies hold? 

 

I sure hope not. 

 

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ISIS and Vietnam

ISIS and Vietnam | World History | Scoop.it
There are parallels between the war in Vietnam and the conflict now in Iraq and Syria that haven’t been fully explored.
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Friedman's use of historical analogy here to discuss the ISIS challenge is intriguing and thought-provoking.

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Blue versus Green: Rocking the Byzantine Empire

Blue versus Green: Rocking the Byzantine Empire | World History | Scoop.it
When the spectators at Rome's spectacular circuses split into factions, it threatened to bring the Eastern Empire down. The day was saved by Byzantium's remarkable empress, but only at the cost of 30,000 lives
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And you thought football hooliganism was bad...

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Reclaiming the swastika

Reclaiming the swastika | World History | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating glimpse at the history of an ancient (and now deplored) symbol.

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China Now Has The World's Biggest Economy

China Now Has The World's Biggest Economy | World History | Scoop.it
This was inevitable, but it still feels momentous: By one important measure, China's economy is now the biggest in the world, topping the United States.

China's gross domestic product is worth $17.6 trillion, adjusted for China's relatively low co...
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Reasons for the Fall of Rome

Reasons for the Fall of Rome | World History | Scoop.it
Common theories or reasons for the fall of rome.
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Here is a good summary about the "fall" of Roman civilization. 

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King Richard III killed by two blows to bare head, forensics show

King Richard III killed by two blows to bare head, forensics show | World History | Scoop.it
Scientists in Britain have given blow-by-blow details of King Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago.
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Unlike today, kings in the Middle Ages were often expected to participate in the wars they caused. The death of King Richard III appears to support this.

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Cities

Cities | World History | Scoop.it
One tidy mathematical formula may hold the key to how cities work. We take to the streets to test the numbers, & ask what really makes cities tick.
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Urban studies, anyone? This is a fantastic radio show about cities. 

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Archeologists Make Incredible Discovery In Mexican Jungle

Archeologists Make Incredible Discovery In Mexican Jungle | World History | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region.

Ivan Sprajc, asso...
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Fascinating.

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This is an interesting chart that shows the origins of religion.
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Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century

Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century | World History | Scoop.it
Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ decline
Matt Richardson's insight:

History is complicated. The story of "colony collapse" that is leading to a very real and possibly catastrophic die-off in one of the most important animals on the planet (bees) is linked to US imperialism in the Pacific. In the 1800s, the US sought to control a series of "guano islands" in the Pacific -- rocks covered in bird droppings. The US was *very* aggressive about obtaining these rocks because the chemicals in bird droppings were excellent sources of nitrates -- a key ingredient in gunpowder. In more peaceful times, nitrates are also useful in fertilizer, which transformed agriculture.

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No, really: There is a scientific explanation for the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus - The Washington Post - teachrichardson@gmail.com - Gmail

No, really: There is a scientific explanation for the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus - The Washington Post - teachrichardson@gmail.com - Gmail | World History | Scoop.it
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The Hebrew myth of Moses parting the Red Sea is a frequently told story. This article is a fascinating look at a mystery surrounding the geography of the story. 

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Relationship between Israel and Jordan grows warier amid tensions in Jerusalem

Relationship between Israel and Jordan grows warier amid tensions in Jerusalem | World History | Scoop.it

ConThe rising animosity over a sacred mosque could help undermine efforts to fight Islamic extremists.

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The truth about coffee and tea: Which is really better for your health?

The truth about coffee and tea: Which is really better for your health? | World History | Scoop.it
The age-old question is finally answered
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Why the Great Wall of China Is So Important

Why the Great Wall of China Is So Important | World History | Scoop.it
See facts and the more than 2000-year history of the Great Wall of China, one of the engineering marvels of the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Ancient City Ruled by Genghis Khan's Heirs Revealed

Ancient City Ruled by Genghis Khan's Heirs Revealed | World History | Scoop.it
The 750-year-old city, along with the remains of Christian temples, were part of the Golden Horde kingdom that built by Genghis Khan's grandson and controlled many of the Silk Road trade routes that connected China to Medieval Europe.
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The Golden Horde was one of the most powerful empires created by the Mongol invasions. This branch of the Mongols controlled (and terrorized) Russia and Eastern Europe for centuries until its leader ran afoul of Timur the Lame, a powerful Tatar conqueror whose conquests are second in history only to those of Genghis himself. 

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45,000-Year-Old Man's Genome Sequenced

45,000-Year-Old Man's Genome Sequenced | World History | Scoop.it
An analysis of the oldest known DNA from a human reveals a mysterious group that roamed northern Asia
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Here's an interesting bit of pre-history.

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us? | World History | Scoop.it
As world population projections soar, there are rising concerns about the impact billions more people will have on the planet.
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Growing human population is probably the single biggest factor in the increasing ecological stress on the planet. 

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Archaeologists unearth hidden death chambers used to kill a quarter-million Jews at notorious camp

Archaeologists unearth hidden death chambers used to kill a quarter-million Jews at notorious camp | World History | Scoop.it
More than 70 years later, relics of genocide have surfaced.
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The Nazis tried to hide the evidence of their crimes. Come see it. 

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Sagging Pants And The Long History Of 'Dangerous' Street Fashion

Sagging Pants And The Long History Of 'Dangerous' Street Fashion | World History | Scoop.it
For adults, "sagging" has long been a marker of slovenliness or something more sinister. But the style might just be the latest iteration of fashion freighted with some old anxieties.
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The seemingly endless "culture wars" of the United States are not new to our country, and cultural conflict exists in every nation at all times. This article is an interesting look at one of the most persistent "rebellious" fashions that has been "cool" ever since I was a tween in the 1980s -- sagging.  

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Where college football is a religion, and religion shapes college football

Where college football is a religion, and religion shapes college football | World History | Scoop.it
In South, college football and religion are conjoined in a way that is natural for some, and rather uncomfortable for others.
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This is a fascinating piece about the intersection of sports and religion.

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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One | World History | Scoop.it

Via Seth Dixon
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This is an interesting article. (Scooped from Dr. Dixon's page.)

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 24, 12:34 AM

War can disrupt supply chains and also create new modes of production, promote emerging fashions and spur new innovations.  World War I was no blessing, but these inventions are the silver lining.