From debates over Confederate monuments to battles over America’s leadership in the world, understanding today’s contemporary challenges requires historical knowledge and historical perspective. Yet a new report by Benjamin Schmidt and the American Historical Association has revealed that a much smaller percentage of American college students are majoring in history than did in the past.…

via Fewer Students Are Majoring in History, But We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Why — TIME

Fewer Students Are Majoring in History, But We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Why — TIME

Education, History

The now world-famous medieval gun was the ultimate weapon of mass destruction in her day. Mons Meg weighed six toned

via Mons Meg, Scotland’s World-Famous Medieval Gun — Uncover Travel

Mons Meg, Scotland’s World-Famous Medieval Gun — Uncover Travel

History, Scotland

At just over three kilometres (two miles) long, York’s beautifully-preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England.

via York City Walls – England’s Longest Medieval Town Walls — Uncover Travel

York City Walls – England’s Longest Medieval Town Walls — Uncover Travel

Architecture, Great Britain, History, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

BBC News: The first people who populated the Americas

Americas, Evolution, History, Humans

The first people who populated the Americas – http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170328-the-first-people-who-populated-the-americas

These Canadians flew in a secret WWII mission to destroy German dams – thestar.com

Canada, History, Uncategorized, WWII

by Ted Barris – Excerpt from Dam Busters – via msn.com

a group of people in uniform posing for a photo: Sixteen of the surviving Dam Busters were pictured at the English airfield the day they returned from the raid. All in this photo were Canadian except American Joe McCarthy (second from right in back row), who had trained in Canada.

© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Sixteen of the surviving Dam Busters were pictured at the English airfield the day they returned from the raid. All in this photo were Canadian except American Joe McCarthy (second from right in back row), who had trained in Canada.

On May 16, 1943, an unprecedented operation was launched by Squadron 617 of the Royal Air Force. The mission was to destroy three German dams in the Ruhr Valley with a new kind of bomb, dropped from a low-flying Lancaster, to cause flooding and chaos, disrupt key industries and possibly shorten the Second World War. In Dam Busters, Ted Barris tells the dramatic story with a focus on the large number of pilots, engineers, navigators and bombers on the mission who were Canadian or trained in Canada.

Read Ted Barris’s full article here to learn more about these brave young Canadians and how their efforts helped stem German advances and lead Canada and the Allies to victory.

Mary Beard is reclining at such a steep angle that her toes hang several feet above her head. Typing leisurely on her laptop, the Cambridge University historian is polishing off a paragraph of her next book on Ancient Rome. It’ll be one more to add to the hundreds of hefty volumes on classics that jostle…

via Classicist Mary Beard on Feminism, Online Trolls and What Ancient Rome Can Tell Us About Trump — TIME

Classicist Mary Beard on Feminism, Online Trolls and What Ancient Rome Can Tell Us About Trump — TIME

Ancient Rome, History, Trump

They survived Pompeii’s explosion, but these historical treasures are now feared lost in Rio’s flames – National Post

Artifacts, Brazil, Fossils, History, Museums, Uncategorized

via MSN.COM

After a huge blaze engulfed the neglected, 200-year-old National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, it is feared that up to 90 per cent of its 20 million artefacts may have been destroyed. Among the priceless artifacts now lost may be Pompeii frescoes that escaped the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

On Monday, officials promised $2.4 million to shore up the building and rebuild it, but locals are raging about the avoidable loss of a huge chunk of the nation’s history.

“The building could be rebuilt, but the collection will never again be rebuilt,” said Luiz Philippe de Orleans e Braganca, an heir to Brazil’s last emperor. “Two hundred years, workers, researchers, professors that dedicated in body and soul (to the museum) … the work of their life burned due to the negligence of the Brazilian state.”

POPMPEII444444: Pompeii frescoes may have been lost in a weekend blaze at Brazil's major museum.

© museunacional.ufrj.br Pompeii frescoes may have been lost in a weekend blaze at Brazil’s major museum.

Read the National Post’s full article on this tragic loss of Latin American and World history here.

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?

History, Uncategorized

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/25/spanish-flu-pandemic-1918-forgetting-100-million-deaths?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress