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history

Political and Social history. Capital, democracy, slavery, power.


Themes related to history include sociology,   education,   politics.



recent history posts

Broke and Free

For hundreds of years the landed 'nobles' of Europe stole the produce of their serfs (slaves) and stole land from each other using the 'patriotic' curse to propel their slaves into war: millions of dead millions of widows millions of widowers millions of orphans millions of sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and worse … much worse , and no treatment or understanding. And they no

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alcohol, consumerism, fiction, freedom, history, politics, psychology, reinventing slavery,
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December 1941 - Evan Mawdsley

An excellent book about the first 12 days of 1941 and the events round the world that started World War 2 Gives a good balanced look at all the major countries and what and why they were doing them. A very good book for students looking at the events and how they started the war. Mawdsley, honorary professorial research fellow at the University of Glasgow, brings a remarkable breadth of vision

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books, Evan Mawdsley, history, politics, war,
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The role of beer in civilisation

A very interesting tale of the impact of beer on civilisation: I'm particularly interested in the ancient Egyptians recipe for making beer, which produces a powerful anti-bacterial agent (antibiotic) during the fermentation. Yet another hobby ... ? Did you know that Beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That?s right - Beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing,

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antibiotics, beer, health, history, popular science, wellbeing,
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Vanished Kingdoms - The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

by Norman Davies This book, together with Norman Davies' major work Europe: A History (to follow; 1365 pages!) and The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst are a prelude to my attempt to see where we are now, and why (to follow). This is a fascinating "story" of 15 states, 13 of which most people probably have never heard. But the most condensed wisdom (for me) comes in the introduction and

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books, corporations, democracy, history, matrix, Norman Davies, politics, wisdom,
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The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst

History lessons at school were uninspiring, as was school. So I've bought three books to remedy the situation. After summarising the three books, I'll publish a conclusion, from the point of view of the majority. Unless you are very rich, this means you :) The gist of this book is the three very different mindsets that characterise the major players in the evolution of Europe from ancient

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democracy, Europe, Germanic, Greece, history, psychology, Rome, war,
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