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Deciphering an Ancient Medical Text With the Help of X-Rays

Deciphering an Ancient Medical Text With the Help of X-Rays | World History | Scoop.it
It was hidden under an 11th-century manuscript full of hymns.
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Searching for Wakanda: The African Roots of the Black Panther Story | Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

Searching for Wakanda: The African Roots of the Black Panther Story | Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective | World History | Scoop.it
Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective; In each issue of Origins, an academic expert will analyze a particular current issue – political, cultural, or social – in a larger, deeper context. In addition to the analysis provided by each month’s feature, Origins will also include images, maps, graphs and other material to complement the essay.
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A Visual History of Sports

A Visual History of Sports | World History | Scoop.it
From the Mayan ballgame Pitz to ancient Greece’s bull-leaping, here’s a tour of the history of athletic games.
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In honor of the Olympics, here is a fun, short "history" of sports.
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Experience: I founded my own country

Experience: I founded my own country | World History | Scoop.it
Renato Barros: ‘My son is 27 and if I were his age, I would probably sell the island and buy a Ferrari. But I am 56 years old, and I want to enjoy everything I have’
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This is one of my favorite stories of people claiming sovereignty over land that they own. As far as his argument goes, it seems legitimate. Whether anyone else in the world will recognize this tiny micro-state remains to be seen.
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Perspective | A photographer questions faith as she explores Mexican religious syncretism

Perspective | A photographer questions faith as she explores Mexican religious syncretism | World History | Scoop.it
Lujan Agusti traveled from her home in Argentina to several Mexican states to photograph practices that include magic, sorcery, shamans, santeras and people who said they’d encountered the devil.
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Why Students Should Care About the Wars America is Fighting

Why Students Should Care About the Wars America is Fighting | World History | Scoop.it
Today’s youth aren’t interested in learning about the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts that have shaped recent history—and the results of an uninformed generation could be dangerous.
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This is a constant struggle I have in teaching is watching current cultural knowledge dissipate in an onslaught of new concerns, obsessions, and shiny objects. This article speaks to the potential consequences of losing track of even our very recent history. 
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The disturbing history of cat abuse: Public hangings, pipe beatings and ‘The Great Cat Massacre’

The disturbing history of cat abuse: Public hangings, pipe beatings and ‘The Great Cat Massacre’ | World History | Scoop.it
A recent scientific study explored the “worldwide conquest” of cats, but it didn't recall their survival of epic abuse.
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Perspective | Columbus: Swashbuckling hero, bootstrapping immigrant or genocidal monster?

Perspective | Columbus: Swashbuckling hero, bootstrapping immigrant or genocidal monster? | World History | Scoop.it
The answer depends on your politics
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A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas

A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas | World History | Scoop.it
The miracle of modern genetics has revolutionized the story anthropologists tell about how humans spread out across the Earth.
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Herodotus: On The Customs of the Persians

Herodotus: On The Customs of the Persians | World History | Scoop.it
Herodotus (484-425 BCE) the Greek historian who wrote extensively on the Persian Empire, here describes Persian customs as they would have been practiced around the year 430 BCE at Susa and other Persia
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This is a classic source on ancient Persians. Can you spot any "bias" or "perspective" of the Greek author, Herodotus?
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On tiny Barbuda, a 300-year-old civilization has been ‘extinguished’

On tiny Barbuda, a 300-year-old civilization has been ‘extinguished’ | World History | Scoop.it
All 1,800 residents have been evacuated, and the island’s history will now be described in two epochs: before Irma and after Irma.
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The "Rise and Fall of Civilizations" is a common, if somewhat cliche'd trope, among students of history. Often the "Fall" part is so remote in time and place from us as to seem abstract. Occasionally, it is startlingly and sickeningly topical.
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This Tiny Country Feeds the World

This Tiny Country Feeds the World | World History | Scoop.it
The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

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Beginning in the 15th century, the scrappy Dutch Republic has explored the world and forged a global empire. After the end of their empire in the second half of the 20th century, they have spent their energies developing a world class agricultural system.
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history of the entire world, i guess

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This is a pithy, fun video reviewing...just about everything that ever happened. This is a clean(ish) version adapted from the original by Bill Wurtz.
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In Sudan, Archaeologists Are Fighting the Sands of Time

In Sudan, Archaeologists Are Fighting the Sands of Time | World History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists in Nubia are struggling against erosion, desertification, and government plans to develop the land.
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The History of Dice Reflects Beliefs in Fate and Chance

The History of Dice Reflects Beliefs in Fate and Chance | World History | Scoop.it
Roman dice were often visibly biased, but that might not have mattered to someone who believed in divine intervention.
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A truck driver inexplicably plowed over a 2,000-year-old site in Peru, damaging the designs

A truck driver inexplicably plowed over a 2,000-year-old site in Peru, damaging the designs | World History | Scoop.it
Peruvian authorities said the driver did substantial damage to the Nazca lines, a stunning collection of giant geoglyphs south of Lima.
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The College Student Who Decoded the Data Hidden in Inca Knots

The College Student Who Decoded the Data Hidden in Inca Knots | World History | Scoop.it
Manny Medrano cut loose on spring break by analyzing a set of khipus.
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Scholarship inches forward, thesis by thesis, discovery by discovery. This finding solves part of a fascinating riddle -- how did the Inca communicate with quipus?
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If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy

If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy | World History | Scoop.it
Most Americans could not identify the country in a survey, and those people tended to view military action more favorably.

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The conclusion in this article should make every thinking American facepalm. 

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What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

What Happens If China Makes First Contact? | World History | Scoop.it
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
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Speculative history/food for thought.
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China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World | World History | Scoop.it
The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order
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The world is changing. At a time when the US is faltering politically and transitioning away from global dominance, the forefront of investment and technology is China.
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Santa dead, archaeologists say

Santa dead, archaeologists say | World History | Scoop.it
The story of the original St. Nicholas is a tale of mistaken identity and grave robbery.
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The Misunderstood Roots of Burma's Rohingya Crisis

The Misunderstood Roots of Burma's Rohingya Crisis | World History | Scoop.it
“This fear is very deeply felt and not understood in the West—and it comes from a real place rooted in history.”
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Here is more history behind the Royhinga genocide in Myanmar.
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Wonder Woman lived: Viking warrior skeleton identified as female, 128 years after its discovery

Wonder Woman lived: Viking warrior skeleton identified as female, 128 years after its discovery | World History | Scoop.it
The skeleton was buried with a sword, ax, arrows, spear, knife and shields — equipment that long “blinded” archaeologists to its gender.
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Women have always played major roles in every society, even when they have been "hidden" in the historical sources, or ignored by patriarchal historical analysis. There should be little surprise that women were warriors as well as states[wo]men, inventors and everything else.

Here is a fine example of proof of the diversity of women's real contributions to history.
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Analysis | What 500-year flooding could look like around five cities

Analysis | What 500-year flooding could look like around five cities | World History | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of people live in flood-prone cities like Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and New York. Here’s what 500-year floods look like, or could look like, in those cities.
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With the recent flooding and destruction of Hurricane Harvey, and Irma on the way, this chart showing what sort of damage a storm could do to other US cities is more important than ever.
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Jefferson Davis disappears as New Orleans removes another tribute to the Confederacy

Jefferson Davis disappears as New Orleans removes another tribute to the Confederacy | World History | Scoop.it
'We continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence,' Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in slamming 'the lost cause of the Confederacy.'
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The way that history is remembered or "constructed" is not merely an abstraction. People care about their pasts. Right now in New Orleans statues erected in the late 1800s glorifying the Confederacy and other racist causes are being removed. Protesters on both sides are making their cases for which aspect of the past they would like to remember and glorify in public space.
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