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The Long Walk: Did the Aryans migrate into India? New genetics study adds to debate

The study which is yet to be peer-reviewed does not use the term ‘Aryan’. It says Steppe pastoralists around the Volga and Don rivers in Russia moved …

Anthropology

How Soviet troops taunted the Nazis during their final drive to Berlin in World War II

The violence of the final weeks of World War II on Europe's Eastern Front was matched only by its chaos, as exhausted and outmanned German forces withered under attacks from well-equipped and highly motivated Soviet troops.<p>The front line became more fluid, with Soviet forces quickly enveloping Nazi …

History

How British Gun Manufacturers Changed the Industrial World Lock, Stock and Barrel

For nearly 150 years, beginning in 1688 with the launch of the Nine Years’ War and stretching through the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, Great …

World History

25 Gorgeous Photographs of the Cincinnati's Old Main Public Library Before It Was Demolished in 1955

Built in 1874 on the site reserved for an opera house, the Old Main Cincinnati Library was a thing of wonder. With five levels of cast iron shelving, …

Libraries

Naval academy holds viewing of flag captured in War of 1812

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy Museum has held a public viewing of a large British flag that was captured during the War of 1812.<p>The British …

War Of 1812

You won't believe the incredible armoured trains of World War I and World War II

This early Polish train, Smialy, is one of the most famous of the era. The rotating turret on the front helped clear out anything that got in the way.<p>…

Trains

Over 450 full-text art books by The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to download and read online for free.

<b>American Kasten: The Dutch-Style Cupboards of New York and New Jersey, 1650–1800</b> <br>Kenny, Peter M., Frances Gruber Safford, and Gilbert T. Vincent …

Museums

Giant Footprints Found In China Prove That Ancient Giants Walked Among Humans

A small team of researchers on August 24, 2016, discovered mysterious giant footprints in Pingyan, a smaller village in southwest China. The …

Archaeology

56 Incredible Colorized Photos That Revived 'Russia During WWI'

These incredible photos were colorized by Olga that show Russia during World War One.<br>Shell hole, 1914<br>Colonel Grigory Kuchin, 1914<br>General Aleksei …

History

Recently discovered journal reveals tragic story of Poland’s Anne Frank

In the last days of July 1942, Nazis torched synagogues and seized Jewish businesses in Przemysl, a city in southeastern Poland that had been divided …

Dining Rooms

She was killed in Auschwitz at 14. Here’s what this photo says about her past.

History books are filled with black and white photos, but one Brazilian artist is using color to add new context to the past.<p>Artist Marina Amaral …

She Ruled Paris From Her Bed

The Valtesse<i>T</i>he only place more frequented than the Eiffel Tower, according to 19th century Parisians, was the exalted mattress of the <i>Valtesse de la</i> …

France

Why Poland Wants Germany to Pay Billions for World War II

If you’d visited Warsaw in 1945, you might not have recognized it as a city at all. Destroyed by the Nazis in retribution for a 1944 uprising, the …

World History

Here's What Japan's Legendary Samurai Really Looked Like

"Society convulsed, opposing clans fought, masterless samurai rebelled against an unrelenting modernization, all in just 20 years."<p><i>The history and lore surrounding Japan's samurai warriors is as fascinating as it is complex. Aside</i> <i>from representations in cinema, very few actual photographs depicting</i> …

Gallery removes naked nymphs painting to 'prompt conversation'

Manchester Art Gallery takes down work by Waterhouse and asks public to post reactions<p>It is a painting that shows pubescent, naked nymphs tempting a handsome young man to his doom, but is it an erotic Victorian fantasy too far, and one which, in the current climate, is unsuitable and offensive to …

Art

Examination of Chopin’s pickled heart solves riddle of his early death

Scientists diagnose rare complication of tuberculosis following analysis of heart stored in jar of cognac for 170 years<p>The great Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin had a morbid fear of premature burial. “The earth is suffocating,” he told one of his sisters as he lay on his death bed in …

Medicine

Virtually Explore a World War II Shipwreck in 360 Degrees

Last Friday, 76 years to the day it was sunk by German bombers off the coast of Egypt, the British merchant ship SS <i>Thistlegorm</i> resurfaced in digital …

'Millions of Africans' will flood Europe unless it acts now warns European chief as Paris evacuates huge migrant camp

Europe is "underestimating" the scale and severity of the migration crisis and "millions of Africans" will flood the continent in the next five years unless urgent action is taken, a senior European official has warned.<p>The dire prediction from Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, …

North Africa

We're All Russia's Neighbors Now

It's a good idea to pay very close attention to what Russia does to its neighbors, because it often foreshadows things Moscow will later try out …

Russia

Growing awareness of colonial past fuels radicalisation, says Czech minister

Lubomír Zaorálek, likely Social Democrat candidate for prime minister, says in dark speech that the west has 20 years to reach a settlement with Muslim world<p>An awakening in the Muslim world about the atrocities committed in the west’s colonial past is feeding contemporary radicalisation of …

Europe

The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin

The robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in 1910.<p>Meet the Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violin: the 1907 violin-piano combo …

Civilian gun owners could help fight terror attacks, police commissioner suggests

A police commissioner has suggested that civilians with gun licences could be allowed to use private weapons to defend their community against terrorists, in comments that have been rejected by a senior officer.<p>Alison Hernandez, the police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, said "I'd …

Britain's Secret Weapon Against the Nazis? Refugees.

European exiles fled to the country they called Last Hope Island and became pilots, spies, and saboteurs.<p>There are moments, during war or acts of terror, when a city and its inhabitants rise to new heights of solidarity and resilience. It happened after 9/11 in New York City and, most recently, in …

Fascinating Vintage Photographs Capture the Diversity of Those Living in the Russian Empire during the 1870s and 1880s

The Russian Empire stretched from eastern Europe, across Asia to include parts of North America. Ruling this vast area was the Tsar – or emperor – …

Russian Empire

Ancient Slingshot Was as Deadly as a .44 Magnum

An excavation in Scotland shows that Roman soldiers used lead ammo with lethal accuracy.<p>On a fortified hill in Scotland some 1,900 years ago, a Roman army attacked local warriors by hurling lead bullets from slings that had nearly the stopping power of a modern .44 magnum handgun, according to …

A brief history of Russian interventions in other people’s elections

Russia has a habit of involving themselves in other country’s politics<p>In the last nine years, Russia has invaded its neighbor Georgia, annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea, supported rebels in Eastern Ukraine and interfered in the U.S. presidential election. The U.S. and the European Union have …

World History

An Ancient City Emerges in a Remote Rain Forest

Most of the important archaeological sites in Central America were “discovered” by archaeologists who, in fact, didn’t discover them at all but were led to the ruins by local people. I’ve known several Maya archaeologists who routinely started fieldwork in a new area by heading into a dive bar and …

Archaeology

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Headline<p>Oxfam abandoned by actress Minnie Driver and donors as chief executive summoned by MPs<p>Actress Minnie Driver has stepped down from her role as …

Poland Seeks Long-Range Recon Vehicles

WARSAW — The Polish Ministry of Defense has launched a tender to acquire 118 long-range reconnaissance vehicles. The vehicles, which will be …