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Captured by Comanche Indians at a young age, Cynthia Ann Parker became part of the tribe. She only returned to her family unwillingly once she was captured by Texas Rangers in 1860. Learn more about this pioneer of the west and her life with the Comanche Indians:
There are seventy two countries considered, by France, to be belligerent nations in World War One. The excellent news is that French President Hollande has invited representatives from every single one to join in a mass commemoration on Bastille Day in July 2014, while the President of Germany, Joachum Gauck, will take part in a ceremony with Hollande on August 3rd.
Archaeologists working in London on what will become a building site have found a stunning statue: made of Cotswold Limestone, it shows an eagle holding a serpent in its beak. The Telegraph has a perfect picture (and more detail), but the fine is so rare and intact that archaeologists at first thought it must be fake. However, they’re convinced it’s genuinely Romano-British, dates from the first or second century CE, and was created for a tomb.
The University of Nottingham has a large collection of Soviet posters dating from World War 2, and they’ve created an excellent website to display and inform about them. Go here, whether you want to learn about them and the war, or just want to appreciate the artistic style.
2014 is the seventy fifth anniversary of the start of World War 2, and we’ll be publishing a lot of new content around that. However, when I came to writing a list of what to cover I thought about starting with Nazi Germany, and then with the rise of the Nazis to power, and so what we’re going to do over the next few months is take the story of Germany from the end of World War 1 through Weimar and to 1945. We start with the German Revolution of 1918 – 19 plus pieces on President Ebert, the Spartacists, the Freikorps, and Diktats.
This week we have histories of two European landmarks. The better known one is the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous structures in the world, but in Britain a ship called The Cutty Sark is a popular attraction and has an interesting past.
Our first piece of new content this month concerns the Spanish Armada. 425 years ago, in 1588, the Spanish gathered arguably the greatest fleet the world had seen and sent it to clear the way for a land invasion of England. But the fleet was terribly flawed, and using technology about to become out of date. Your Guide narrates the history, and failure, of the Spanish Armada.
This month we look at the WW1 battle of Vimy Ridge, and explain why a myth began earlier in the war about angels, saints and bowmen at Mons. We examine the sinking of the Lusitania in the same war, Ludendorff, the key German commander of the later war, and also the Fourteen Point plan which promised to bring a working peace but failed. There are also short explanations of the problems in the Lebel and Berthier rifles. Finally we leave WW1 for a discussion on feudalism.
There’s two new pieces to talk about this week. First there’s a profile of Gilles de Rais, a man who fought alongside Joan of Arc and was later accused of mass murder. The jury is still out these days, with innocent growing in popularity. We also look at how the village of Eyam dealt with the plague: with a quarantine of themselves.
It’s the 125th anniversary of the Jack the Ripper killings this year, so we’re expanding our content. As well as our introduction to the unsolved mystery, we now have a narrative account of events, and mini biographies of the victims. We also have some pages clarifying the people involved in the contemporary investigation: Charles Warren, Henry Matthews, Frederick Abberline and Donald Swanson.
This month we extend our First World War content ahead of next year’s centenary commemorations with a look at some key battles. As well as a summary page listing these key events, we look at Amiens in 1918, Cambrai…
This month we expand our Renaissance content. First up is an article about the ‘Northern Renaissance‘, which was no less creative than the southern. Then we examine Renaissance Humanism and one of its most famous achievements: discovering the Donation of Constantine was a fake. We also look at the machine that made it all possible with Gutenberg and moveable type, and take quick looks at two interesting people, probably legends, that were connected: Procopius Waldvogel and Laurens Coster. There is also a biography of the fascinating Renaissance preacher and leader Savonarola. Finally we clarify the Battle of the Frontiers, but that’s from WW1.
As well as pieces on Pope Benedict XVI and how a pope is elected, we’re starting to round off our Napoleonic content with a look at the Napoleonic Code, how Napoleon managed to become an Emperor, two of his commanders in his stepson Eugène de Beauharnais and Michael Ney, and then an examination of the revolution in warfare in this era. Finally we look at one of the era’s most fascinating figures, Talleyrand.
This month we return to a narrative of the Napoleonic Wars. We start by seeing how Napoleon amazed Europe with success in Italy, then follow the emperor through the failures in Egypt and the luck against the Second Coalition to the heights of glory in the Austerlitz campaign. We also look at one of his best generals in Desaix, and one of his worst in Bernadotte, as well as his first wife, Josephine. Finally we take a quick look at the League of Armed Neutrality…
This month, we ‘re looking at Napoleon’s Empire itself. We take a look at the Empire, and also how he kept control of France. We also have an explanation of the Concordat, and small bios of Marshal Davout and Joseph Bonaparte. There’s also a summary of the controversial execution of the Duc d’Enghein, and we prepare for the two hundredth anniversary of the war of 1812. Finally we jump to the present day as we prepare for another anniversary: the Velvet Divorce.
This month we begin our coverage of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. We’ve got an overview of the whole period, as well as an article focusing on the first of the seven European wide coalitions. Then we look at the disastrous Declaration of Pillnitz, the siege of Toulon where a certain Napoleon Bonaparte had his first success, and then his Continental System. We also add some more Russian Revolution terminology to the site: the Romanovs, Sovdepia, and proletariat. There’ll be more on the war coming, but also details about the Napoleonic empire and what it was like.
This month our lead article is on Bletchley Park, the code breaking unit in World War 2 which experts claim cut the length of the conflict by two years. Connected to this we also look at the Enigma code machine, the British Government code school, and quick looks at Ultra and the Y-Service. If Bletchley Park helped invent the modern computer, Charles Babbage has a claim on inventing one earlier, and we look at both him and his Analytical Engine, plus Ada Lovelace, ‘the first computer programmer’. There’s also a look at the origins of football / soccer.
This month we finish off our Norman Conquest material with a look at one of the most interesting, but to British minds forgotten, belligerents: Harald Hardrada. We also consolidate the history of the Godwine family in one place: how one battle changed their fortunes! We also look at the Mary Rose, a Tudor warship given a second life in the 1980s, and the origins of the Marseillaise. We have a glossary entry on Nepmen, explain the evolution of St. Petersburg’s names, and clarify autocracy and constitutional monarchy.
This month we continue to look at the events in 1066 which ended with the Norman Conquest. We look at Edward the Confessor, the king whose death began the war, and two royal brothers, Harold Godwineson (who succeeded Edward and was killed during the conquest) and Tostig. We’ve coverage of the Battle of Stamford Bridge…
I was just interviewed about my new book on the hour long radio program Native America Calling. My book Reservation "Capitalism:" Economic Development in Indian Country was published in March and was selected by Native America Calling as its Book of the Month for May.
You can listen to the program now by going to the show's archives at http://kunm.org/two-week-archive
(Type in Wednesday May 30 and 11 am to listen to the program.)
This month we begin coverage on the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, an event that changed the history of Western Europe permanently. We’ve got an article on the background, one on William the Conqueror, an overview of the whole Norman Conquest, a look at the Battle of Hastings, and quick snapshots on the battles of Fulford Gate and Val-ès-Dunes. Next month we’ll tackle some of the lesser known events. We’ve also got a few quick pieces on Tsars and Red Guards.
This month I am focusing on the Falklands War of 1982. As well as an older piece on the history of European interaction with the Falklands, we now have a new narrative of the war, and a whole host of supporting glossary entries, such as those dealing with the Black Buck Raids, Constantino Davidoff, LADE and STUFT, and explanations for Tabbing and Yomping. I also take a look at the history behind the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On‘ posters.
Historian Steven Gunn has studied nine thousand coroner’s reports from the Tudor period, and concluded that the summer was the most dangerous period, not the freezing winter. Between 1558 and 1560, nearly three quarters of all fatal accidents took place in the summer, and chief to blame were outdoor accidents such as cart crashes, lethal farming methods and general horse based calamity. This BBC article has plenty of examples from Gunn’s work, and the study follows on from earlier reports of unusual ways Tudors died.