More Lessons from History

Learning From Past Civilizations – Treehugger 8/10/09

The History of the “Money Changers” – I Am The Witness.com


20 Fascinating Ancient Maps – Free.edu

More awesome maps here

Timeline: World History of Viral Pandemics: 412BC to 2009 – Natural News 5/1/09

Fall of the Roman Empire – Metafilter 5/2/09

If you follow the 210+ reasons why the Roman Empire “fell”, you might be interested in this 60-min interview with author Adrian Goldsworthy about his recent book How Rome Fell. The interview includes a number of fascinating discussions about the nature of writing popular history, his theory on why Rome “fell”, and why analogies between modern countries and Rome’s fate have it all wrong. Goldsworthy also did introductions for the Rome series which can be watched here/here.

Untold Truths About the American Revolution – The Progressive 7/4/09

John Quincy Adams on U.S. Foreign Policy (1821) – Information Clearinghouse 7/12/09

Seven Civil War stories your teacher never told you – CNN 6/13/09

Britain’s secret plan for surviving a nuclear war – BoingBoing 6/24/09

Children of the Atomic Bomb – via Metafilter 6/28/09 

Ground Zero 1945: Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivors. Astonishing works created more than 25 years after the event, many accompanied by artist’s comments.  Paintings are from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, presented on Dr. James Yamazaki’s Children of the Atomic Bomb website.

Nurses in Nazi concentration camps – Guardian, UK 7/23/09

Auschwitz Museum Director Reveals ‘Gas Chamber’ Hoax – Rense 7/6/09

Revisionists challenge D-Day story – BBC 6/9/09

Far from being an unmitigated success, Mr Beevor found, the landings came very close to going horribly wrong.  And far from being universally welcomed as liberators, many troops had a distinctly surly reception from the people of Normandy.  The reason for this was simple. Many Normandy towns and villages had been literally obliterated by Allied bombing.  The bombardment of Caen, Mr Beevor said, could almost be considered a war-crime.

FLASHBACK – Operation Northwoods – What Really Happened


JFK, Executive Order 11110 and the Warren Commission – YouTube 6/21/09

JFK’s Murder – Lew Rockwell 7/10/09

JFK and the Unspeakable – Huffington Post 7/25/09

New Nixon Tapes and Files Released – NYTimes 6/23/09

Newly disclosed tapes recorded by secret microphones in the Oval Office from January and February 1973 shed new light on an intense moment in American history.

“Army Surveillance of Civilians” (1972) – The Memory Hole 5/5/09

Video drama about CIA’s real project to drug unwitting US citizens with LSD – Boing Boing 6/29/09

Operation Midnight Climax is “a new fictional web series about the true story of the CIA using hookers to test LSD on American Citizens.” 

Calley apologizes for My Lai Massacre during Vietnam War – McClatchyDC 8/21/09

William Calley, the former Army lieutenant convicted on 22 counts of murder in the infamous My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, publicly apologized for the first time this week while speaking in Columbus.

“There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai,” Calley told members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus on Wednesday. His voice started to break when he added, “I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry.”

In March 1968, U.S. soldiers gunned down hundreds of civilians in the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. The Army at first denied, then downplayed the event, saying most of the dead were Vietcong. But in November 1969, journalist Seymour Hersh revealed what really happened and Calley was court martialed and convicted of murder.

1983: The Brink of Apocalypse – via Metafilter 7/10/09

1983: The Brink of Apocalypse — In 1983 the NATO war exercise Able Archer almost started a nuclear war. Unknown to NATO, just a few months earlier a false alarm had already put the Soviet leadership on edge, and the exercise triggered preparations for a counter attack in the Soviet military. Only a few double agents on each side may have saved the world from nuclear armageddon.
Bonus MAD Documentary: The Brink of Eternity (2, 3, 4, 5).

Dahr Jamail, A Secret History of Dissent in the All-Volunteer Military – Tom Dispatch 7/2/09

The un-American way of life – Salon 7/3/09

A controversial new history of Communism suggests that most everything we think we know about it is wrong



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