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Before of the Crusades: 350 - 1095

Launched by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095, the First Crusade was the most successful. Urban gave a dramatic speech urging …

Little-Known Asian Battles that Changed History

Gaugamela (331 B.C.) to Kohima (1944)<p>You probably haven't heard of most of them, but these little-known Asian battles had a major impact on world …

World History

Academic arguments backing white supremacy and colonialism are making an ominous comeback

<i>Ek tarz-e-taghaful hai so vo unko mubarak;</i><i><br>Ek ‘arz-e-tamanna hai so ham karte-rahenge.</i>[There is a style of indifference to which they are welcome;<br>But our wishes, we will continue to list.]— Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Dast-e-Saba, 1952<p>In 1950, Aimé Césaire, one of the clearest voices of the 20th century, …

This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great… Grandfather

George Washington is a figure who has achieved mythic proportions in American history. One genealogist even tried to give him mythic roots.<p>Albert …

The Bloody, Disorderly Chaos of Civil War Combat

‘Mr. Lincoln’s Army’ recounts how orderly ranks fell apart when the bullets began flying<p>by ROBERT BECKHUSEN<p><i>This article was sponsored by Open Road</i> …

War

How Religion and Greed Toppled the Templars

It was one of the most spectacular reversals of fortune history had ever seen. Once the richest and most powerful military order in all of medieval …

Notre Dame

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.<p>Pentagon leaders …

Military

What Genghis Khan Could Teach Trump

Revered by the likes of Chaucer and Jefferson, the Mongol leader is dismissed today as merely a ruthless barbarian. So why did he succeed in the …

Sailing a Real-Life Viking Ship Across the Atlantic Is Still Hard Work

We talked to the shipbuilder and the captain of the Draken Harald Hårfagre.<p>In the popular imagination, the Viking ship was the scourge of the North Sea, allowing its crew to sack and pillage the British Isles and Normandy. But these ships were also the vessels that brought Viking traders to North …

Sailing

Jailing Jihadis for Destroying Treasures

How the International Criminal Court is prosecuting a Malian al Qaeda terrorist for the desecration of history in Timbuktu.<p>PARIS — The monsters of al …

Al-Qaeda

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>First published in August 2016, this article documents US war plans directed against China, Russia and North Korea. In relation to ongoing threats</i> …

The US is about to revolutionize naval combat

After more than a decade of research and development, the US Navy stands on the edge of a paradigm shift.<p>A recent report from the Congressional Research Service puts these technologies in perspective:<p>In the slides below, see where the US Navy is at in fielding these revolutionary technologies, and …

Military
North Africa

Have archaeologists discovered the tomb of Aristotle? 2,400-year-old tomb of Greek philosopher may have been uncovered in the ancient city of Stagira

• <b>Archaeologists say they have found Aristotle's tomb in Stagira, in Greece</b>• <b><br>He was initialy thought to have been buried further south at Chalcis, in …

Political Science
Political Science

The dangerous delegitimizing of the American presidency

The 2016 presidential election is still more than six months away. Inauguration day is nine months from now. Despite Donald Trump and Hillary …

Government

A symbol of our steep decline: Donald Trump has unwittingly exposed America for what it’s become

The GOP frontrunner’s campaign slogan is equal parts jingoistic and moronic. It also reveals an uncomfortable truth<p>"Low-energy Jeb." "Little Marco." "Lyin’ Ted." "Crooked Hillary." Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And …

Political Science
Royal Navy

Story of cities #22: how Hitler's plans for Germania would have torn Berlin apart

Hitler’s megalomaniacal project to raze much of Berlin and transform it into his global Nazi capital killed thousands. Today, its few remnants are chilling, mundane, even graceful – and inseparable from a barbaric chapter in history<p>Read more articles in the series here<p>Resembling a huge, ripe, …

Germany

How Natural Language Tech, Holograms Are Preserving Holocaust Testimony

The USC Shoah Foundation is creating interactive, hologram-like representations of Holocaust survivors that can interact with and answer questions …

InterAct

9 weapons that are banned from modern warfare

Shortly before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Lieber Code. The code was named for its primary author, Francis Lieber, a Prussian professor from South Carolina.<p>Lieber was a former Prussian soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, wounded at the Battle of Waterloo. …

War

Are All Empires Bad?

Rhodes must fall. Churchill must fall. Queen Victoria must fall. Are there any statues of Gordon or Kipling still standing? If so, they must fall …

Story of cities #2: Rome wasn't planned in a day … in fact it wasn't planned at all

The grid system which the Roman republic exported all over Europe was never employed in the capital itself. The city has always lacked a coherent plan – save for the monumental temple that once towered over it<p>Read other articles in our story of cities series<p>According to Tacitus, perhaps the …

Ancient History

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a historically accurate Skyrim

When you hear the words "Medieval" and "RPG" in the same sentence you probably think of hacking away at mystical dragons and monsters with your sword …

What I learned during a 6-month hike on the Appalachian Trail

The sun beat down on the narrow wooden boardwalk. On either side, lush, impenetrable foliage hummed with insects and birdsong. It was sweltering — a cloying, sultry, sticky heat more appropriate for primordial jungles than for Western Massachusetts. And yet I was wearing almost every stitch of …

The Scientists Who Are Deciphering 'Unreadable' Ancient Texts

The Lazarus Project has a secret to reading invisible ink: capturing it with multispectral imaging.<p>Sometime around the year 1491, the German cartographer Henricus Martellus produced an influential map of the world, which was likely used by Christopher Columbus on his 1492 expedition to the Americas.<p>…

Imaging

5 military leaders that were also huge party monsters

Military heroes aren't all the spit-and-polish types like Gen. Robert E. Lee or Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz. These five men were great leaders who also knew how to party with the best of them:

Military
University of Pennsylvania