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World War II: The Pacific Islands

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"From late 1942 until early 1945, Allied forces in the Pacific Theater took the war to the Japanese across vast ocean battlefields and on tiny island beaches. By the end of 1942, the Japanese Empire had expanded to its farthest extent, with soldiers occupying or attacking positions from India to Alaska and on islands across the South Pacific. The U.S. Navy, under Admiral Chester Nimitz, adopted a strategy of "island-hopping", rather than attacking Japan's Imperial Navy in force. The goal was to capture and control strategic islands along a path toward the Japanese home islands, bringing U.S. bombers within range, and preparing for a possible invasion. Japanese soldiers fought the island landings fiercely, killing many allied soldiers, sometimes attacking suicidally in desperate last-ditch attacks. At sea, Japanese submarine, bomber and kamikaze attacks took a heavy toll on the U.S. fleet, but they were unable to halt the island-by-island advance. By early 1945, leapfrogging U.S. forces had advanced as far as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, within 340 miles of mainland Japan, at a great cost to both sides. On Okinawa alone, during 82 days of fighting, approximately 100,000 Japanese troops and 12,510 Americans were killed, and somewhere between 42,000 and 150,000 Okinawan civilians died as well. At this point, U.S. forces were nearing their position for the next stage of their offensive against the Empire of Japan. (This entry is Part 15 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II)"


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19th Century Reforms: Crash Course US History #15

In which John Green teaches you about various reform movements in the 19th century United States. From Utopian societies to the Second Great Awakening to the...
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Christiane Amanpour Talks Exploring the Bible's Roots in 'Back to the Beginning'

Christiane Amanpour Talks Exploring the Bible's Roots in 'Back to the Beginning' | World History | Scoop.it
ABC News Global Affairs Anchor Christiane Amanpour recently set out on a trip to the Middle East to explore the historical and anthropological roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and to take in the sites and scenes described in biblical...

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Shotslot: Turin Pharaohs

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A series of photographs from the Museum of Egyptology, Turin, Italy

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The History of Islam and The Crusades

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This is such an important article, I hope everyone will take the time to read. I 've heard so many arguments about the evil Crusaders on Facebook..but its time for people to understand REAL history... The Western nations have been called the imperialists for so long, that we have obscured who the real imperialists throughout history really are.

And now here we are, repeating this history again....And what have we learned from the past? Not too much, it seems. The Crusades was a defensive response to brutal Islamic aggression. It was Islam that threw the world into the dark ages..and kept it there for centuries, until finally, the west and Christendom had had enough and fought back. We are faced with this same problem again today. PLease read the article below for more insight, so that the next time Christians are villanized for the Crusades, you will be informed and armed with the truth.

This time, this terrible satanic force, Islam, will be crushed forever... No more Islam. Good riddance!
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" One of the idiocies passed off for decades among Western historians is bemoaning the Crusades as evil. The Islamic world -- the Ummah -- has disseminated this imaginary charge against the West, and like fools, we have absorbed Arab lies and taken the blame to heart. But the most superficial reading of Western history should put that canard to rest...

Historians would blame the Dark Ages on the Germanic Tribes, but the Goths and Vikings readily Christianized and embraced the higher civilization of the lands they conquered. The reality is that Islamic raiding is what produced the Dark Ages. Trade and the economy collapsed under the Muslim threat, plunging Europe into stagnation.

In 1095, after centuries of Muslim aggression, Pope Urban II finally had enough, and called Christians to war. He did so after the Byzantine Empire, now broken away from Roman Catholicism, appealed for fraternal help from the Western Christians to save them from Islam. After over 4 centuries of war with Islam, the Byzantines were on the verge of collapse. Most of Spain was still under Islamic tyranny. Malta and Sicily had only been recently freed.

One may condemn the atrocities of the Crusaders, but what infuriates the objective student of history is that the far greater crimes of Islam are ignored.

The Crusades was Christendom finally fighting back, not always honorably, but against a foe which had plunged Europe into darkness for centuries.

Instead we allowed our students to be brainwashed, and force fed an Islamic line that we have to feel guilty. The Muslims invaded Southern Europe, yet somehow we Westerners are labeled the imperialists.

Islamic aggression did not end with the Crusades.

The reason Columbus headed West was because the Muslims had blocked all trade routes to the East. Yet, we are never told this.

Up until the 16th century, Italy was regularly invaded by Islam. Otranto was taken by the Turks in 1480, and held for only 10 months. Yet, it was time enough to behead over 800 Christians who refused to convert.

Piracy and kidnapping was so common that Catholic Churches in Southern Europe had donation boxes where the faithful could contribute to ransom hostages.

One could go on and on. The Islamic subjugation of Greece and the Balkans. The kidnapping of hundreds of thousands of Christian boys, over the centuries, to be forcibly converted to Islam, and compelled to serve in the Ottoman Army as Janissaries.

The Islamic attempt to take Vienna. Twice! In 1529 and 1683.

A half million or more slaves from the British Isles were kidnapped on the high seas by the religion of peace.
It was not until the U.S. Marines took on the Barbary Pirates and the French razed Algeria that Islamic predation finally stopped in the 19th century; but all of this is forgotten. Somehow, white Christians are the only villains now.

We hear the Muslims bewail about British imperialism; but the British do not want to go back to Egypt. The Muslim do want Andulasia back. We hear about French crimes in Algeria -- which were real -- but do we remember that Islamic predation that was the real agent which caused the Dark Ages. Europeans were in North Africa for only a century, but Islam pounded Europe for 1200 years. Yet, it is the Arabs who claim victim status.

But what do our politicians do, but apologize for the Crusades. Why?! Have the Muslims apologized for 1400 years of their crimes?!

Part of this idiocy stems from a hyper-liberal view of history which views European Christianity as inherently evil. It permeates the culture of academia; and refuses to see the real evil of Islam.

Sadly, a second cause is an ancillary residue of historiography which has a tradition of exaggerating the real crimes of Catholicism out of all proportion. The Spanish call this exaggeration the Black Legend of the Inquisition; and it results in a pseudo-acquittal of Islam, by blaming the Crusades on Catholicism.

Let us not forget that it was Catholic Europe which insulated Northwest European Protestants from Islam's full fury. It was Catholic Spain which eventually broke the Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. It was Catholic Poland's Jan Sobieski who saved Northwest Europe at Vienna in 1683 AD. It was the Catholic French who tamed Algeria in 1830.

Let us not forget either that it was Catholic France which saved the Christians of Lebanon in 1860 while the Protestant British were arming the Druze.

The time for apologizing to Islam must end.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 10, 2013 1:31 AM

I agree, it's time to stop apologizing and appeasing our enemies! 

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Travelling in Italy: learn to recognize the emperors by their haircut

Travelling in Italy: learn to recognize the emperors by their haircut | World History | Scoop.it

One can always spot an emperor by his haircut

Brand recognition is nothing new; the use of image as an immediately identifiable expression of the power of the state was one perfected by the Roman emperors.

Today heads of state have a standard image: identical portraits of Queen Elizabeth II look down on courtrooms and public offices from Canada to the Cook Islands, from Australia to Antigua; of the President of the United States from Alaska to Hawaii. Similarly at the peak of the Roman Empire, citizens and slaves alike would recognise the same portrait of the emperor from Spain to Syria, from Scotland to the Sahara. Like so much which is unmistakably Roman (gladiators, wine, the Colosseum) it was an idea borrowed from the Greek world. [...]


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2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling

2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling | World History | Scoop.it
A collection of interactive stories, charts and maps by The New York Times in 2013.

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Powerful strories, wonderfully animated.I especially like "The Invisible Child" but the 1st story is technically amazing.

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crashcourseYouTube

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crashcourse - 37 videos - John Green teaches you the history of the world in 42 episodes of Crash Course.


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Dead Sea Scrolls : Documentary on the Secrets behind the Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea Scrolls : Documentary on the Secrets behind the Dead Sea Scrolls . 2013 This documentary and the rest of the documentaries presented relate to impor...

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Ancient Egypt — History.com Interactive Maps, Timelines & Games

Ancient Egypt  — History.com Interactive Maps, Timelines & Games | World History | Scoop.it
The ancient Egyptian civilization endured for more than 5,000 years, and at its peak was one of the richest and most powerful in the world.

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The Ancient Egypt Site

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The history, language and culture of Ancient Egypt by Egyptologist Jacques Kinnaer...

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Ancient Egypt: Medicine

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The practice of medicine in ancient egypt, the physicians, their instruments and medicines...

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The Rise and Fall of Rome in 5 Minutes

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In 1976, Charles and Ray Eames released a short film tracing the outlines of the Roman Empire over centuries. The Eames film runs roughly five minutes.

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Ancient Civilizations - Academic Kids

Ancient Civilizations - Academic Kids | World History | Scoop.it

Ancient history is from the period of time when writing and historical records first appear, roughly 5,500 years before the Birth of Christ. For some, the discovery of agriculture, roughly 6,000 BC is the beginning of ancient history. The most common date for an end of ancient history inEuropeis AD 476 (the fall of theWestern Roman Empire), however the exact date is still disputed among various historians. InEuropeancient history was followed by Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.


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David Connolly's curator insight, December 23, 2013 4:38 PM

nice and easy guide to the past for beginners

elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 18, 2014 1:19 AM

There is a period of time where writting and other historical events appeared. These discoveries are approximately from the BC era. In the Middle Ages, history became to be more noticed or investigated.