World History

The Dutch East India Company was richer than Apple, Google and Facebook combined

<b>So how rich was the Dutch East India Company?</b><p>If you’re wondering what paid for all those nice canals and houses in Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht. …

Netherlands

Prince Henry to marry on the same date King Henry VIII executed his wife Anne Boleyn

© Charlie Proctor<p>© Charlie Proctor<p>Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, will marry Meghan Markle on the same date as his namesake, …

Royal Family

How Britain pioneered cable-cutting in World War One

<b>The UK's most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea.</b><p>But the reality is that an understanding of this threat is anything but new. And it is the UK which first pioneered the technique of cable-cutting just over …

British Empire

How climate change and disease helped the fall of Rome

At some time or another, every historian of Rome has been asked to say where we are, today, on Rome’s cycle of decline. Historians might squirm at …

furious

A boy murdered for his gelt and 4 other wild Hanukka stories from the past

From deadly antisemitism to the triumphs of Jewish life after the Holocaust, these stories all paint an indelible picture of the 20th century Jewish …

World News

60,000 Join Far-Right March on Poland's Independence Day

(WARSAW) — Tens of thousands of nationalists marched in a demonstration organized by far-right groups in Warsaw Saturday, as Poles celebrated their …

Andrzej Duda

MY WORD:Down memory lane with Allenby

Jerusalem went to town commemorating the centennial of Gen. Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby’s entrance into the Holy City on December 11, 1917, marking …

Opinion

Queen Elizabeth Dealt With a Fashion Emergency of Royal Proportions on Her Wedding Day

Now that Netflix's <b>The Crown</b> has debuted its second season and there is so much buzz surrounding the throne (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did just get engaged after all), facts are surfacing about the royal family, including this notable one concerning Queen Elizabeth II's wedding day. When she …

Fashion

Alexios I Komnenos

Alexios I Komnenos (Alexius Comnenus) was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 1081 to 1118 CE. Regarded as one of the great Byzantine rulers, …

Ancient History

Aline Griffith, US-born World War II spy-turned Spanish countess, dead at 94

Aline Griffith, an American-born former model who became a World War II spy and later a member of the Spanish elite as the Countess of Romanoes, died Monday. She was 94.<p>Griffith, who was born in Pearl River, N.Y. in 1923, had suffered from pulmonary emphysema for many years before her death Monday, …

World News

Ruined Church of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

The 16th-century church was kept in its ruined state as a reminder of the casualties of World War I.<p>The stone ruins of a 16th-century church stand …

Creative Commons

BBC Radio 4 - Voices of the First World War, Passchendaele: John Palmer

Among the recordings made for the BBC's landmark series 'The Great War' in the early 1960s, one in particular stands out. John Palmer, a British Gunner who served as a signaller from 1914 onwards on the Western Front, admitted to being at his lowest ebb by November 1917. Towards the end of his time …

Passchendaele

10 Things You Didn't Know About 30 Years' War

Huh? The 30 Years’ War? This is a pretty random war to highlight, I admit, but it’s one that deserves a bit more scrutiny, if only to add some color …

History

How today's tech giants compare to the massive companies of empires past

• <b>Saudi Aramco, the world's largest company, was worth $4.1 trillion in 2010.</b>• <b><br>Dutch East India Company, established in the early 17th century, would be worth $7.9 trillion in today's dollars.</b><p>Before speculative bubbles could form around Dotcom companies (late-1990s) or housing prices (mid-2000s), some …

Marrying the Mongol Khans: Byzantine Imperial Women and the Diplomacy of Religious Conversion in the 13th and 14th Centuries

Marrying the Mongol Khans: Byzantine Imperial Women and the Diplomacy of Religious Conversion in the 13th and 14th Centuries By AnnaLinden Weller …

Medieval

The Chinese Labour Corps – Forgotten Heroes of the First World War (Part 2)

Exactly a hundred years ago in 1917 the First World War was raging across Europe. A century later in 2017 town halls and war veterans groups across …

News (China)

From ravine of oblivion to crucible of memory for the building of a nation

The Holocaust by bullets has this specific feature that the executioners saw the faces of their victims – men, women, children, babies and the …

Opinion

Why Muslims See the Crusades So Differently from Christians

It’s often said that winners dictate history. Not so for the medieval holy wars called the Crusades.Muslim forces ultimately expelled the European …

Islamism

Archaeologists discover two ancient Egyptian tombs in Luxor

Archaeologists in Luxor, Egypt have discovered two ancient tombs containing mummies, funerary masks and coffins which date back 3,500 years.

World News

India Should Be Grateful to Alauddin Khilji for Thwarting the Mongol Invasions

At a time when most of the medieval world was laid waste by the brutality of the Mongol armies, Khilji kept India – and its culture and civilisation …

Genghis Khan

Jerusalem monument to be dedicated to Machal

During the War of Independence, 4,922 volunteers from 59 countries joined Machal (the Hebrew acronym for volunteers from abroad), 123 of whom fell in …

World News

These Are the 5 Most Horrific Wars in All of History

<i>Unlike World War I, World War II was a truly global war with much of the fighting taking place in Asia and the Pacific. The Soviet Union lost an</i> …

Military History

Meet The Man Who Survived Both Atomic Bombs

Hear from Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the survivor ("hibakuisha") who endured the Hiroshima blast only to flee home to Nagasaki, where he survived that …

Military History

Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?

Posted: Dec 08, 2017 12:01 AM<p>In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan …

Conservative View

INTERVIEW: Palestinian author Raja Shehadeh on ‘travels with his Ottoman uncle’

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has returned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the headlines. The …

Turkey

The 7 most notorious traitors in military history

There are a lot of hated people in military history and no one is more hated than a turncoat. Even the troops on a traitor’s new side will never trust them entirely — after all, they turned their back on their own country for personal gain. How trustworthy can they be?<p>This list details the most …

Military History

How the Environment Topples Empires: On Kyle Harper’s “The Fate of Rome”

FOR YEARS NOW, psychologists have been warning that the human brain tells us the wrong stories about the state of the world. We are singularly …

Books

Memoirs of an Emperor: Hirohito’s Account of World War II Sells for $275,000

TOKYO — A transcript of the memoirs of Japan’s wartime emperor, Hirohito, in which he explained his country’s reasons for entering World War II, sold at auction in New York on Wednesday for $275,000.<p>The notes, handwritten in pencil and black ink by an imperial court official, cover the period from …

World News

100 years of European involvement in the Holy City

This week marks the centennial of the start of British rule of Jerusalem.<p>In its 3,000 years, Jerusalem had many “suitors.”<p>In the four centuries …

Israel

Constans II

Constans II (aka Konstans II) was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 641 to 668 CE. Sometimes known as Constans <i>Pogonatos</i> (“the Bearded”), he came …

Ancient History