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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy - IEEE Spectrum

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: History

From spectrum.ieee.org

On 23 December 1924, a group of leading international businessmen gathered in Geneva for a meeting that would alter the world for decades to come. Present were top representatives from all the major lightbulb manufacturers, including Germany’s Osram, the Netherlands’ Philips, France’s Compagnie des Lampes, and the United States’ General Electric.

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Stalin′s Blue Pencil - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Friday, October 25, 2013
Category: History

From chronicle.com

Stalin always seemed to have a blue pencil on hand, and many of the ways he used it stand in direct contrast to common assumptions about his person and thoughts. He edited ideology out or played it down, cut references to himself and his achievements, and even exhibited flexibility of mind, reversing some of his own prior edits.

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Jonathan Rée reviews ‘Newton and the Origin of Civilisation’ by Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Category: History

From www.lrb.co.uk

Newton read the Bible with the same exactness he brought to his mathematical inventions or his experiments with prisms, and with the same disregard for tradition and common sense: he always refused, as one critic put it, to acknowledge ‘any one’s having ever consider’d the same Things before him’.

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Gideon Rachman on The World Since 1978 FiveBooks Five Books

Monday, June 17, 2013
Category: History

From www.fivebooks.com

In the world before 1978, the group of rich developed nations was really quite small. There was Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan " and that’s it. Then in a very short period of time, from 1978 to 1991, there is a process that creates the globalised world that we’re now living in.

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‘Karl Marx,’ by Jonathan Sperber - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Category: History

From www.nytimes.com

The Karl Marx depicted in Jonathan Sperber’s absorbing, meticulously researched biography will be unnervingly familiar to anyone who has had even the most fleeting acquaintance with radical politics.

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The Top Ten Most Influential Travel Books Travel Smithsonian Magazine

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Monday, March 25, 2013
Category: History

From www.smithsonianmag.com

William H.H. Murray′s guidebook to the Adirondacks “kindled a thousand camp fires and taught a thousand pens how to write of nature,” inspiring droves of American city-dwellers to venture into the wild and starting a back-to-nature movement that endures to this day.

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Everything Was Fake but Her Wealth Past Imperfect

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

The manager said he had worked at the hotel for seven years and had never seen Ida Wood or her deceased sister. His records indicated that they had moved into the two-room suite in 1907, along with Ida’s daughter, Miss Emma Wood, who died in a hospital in 1928 at the age of 71.

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East Germany sold sick for West pharma testing - The Local

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Category: History

From www.thelocal.de

Communist East Germany not only put its political prisoners to work making Ikea furniture, it also sold the bodies of its sick citizens to Western pharmaceutical firms for testing their new products.

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Killer Swarms - By John Arquilla Foreign Policy

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Category: History

From www.foreignpolicy.com

Given that Napoleon was the great captain of his time -- perhaps of all time -- and that his armies had conquered and held most of Europe, the tragic events on the Beresina demand explanation. His defeat is something of a puzzle, too, as the Grande Armée won the campaign′s pitched battles fought at Smolensk and Borodino.

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Under the Knife - NYTimes.com

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Category: History

From opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

Approximately two out of every three Civil War wounds treated by surgeons were to the extremities because few soldiers hit in the head, chest or stomach lived long enough to make it back to a field hospital.

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