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Edwin P. Wilson The Economist

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Category: History

From www.economist.com

. If you met him at an airport—en route to Geneva, London, New York, on joking terms with the Concorde stewardesses—he looked like any other globetrotting businessman. In fact, he was a spy. The companies on the card he flashed from his pocket, Consultants International, or World Marine, Inc.

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In the New World of Spies by Anne Applebaum The New York Review of Books

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Category: History

From www.nybooks.com

To those who met them in Japanese-occupied Manchukuo in 1935, the Swiss businessman Charles Emile Martin and his American partner, Cy Oggins, must have seemed an enigmatic pair. Oggins was a distinguished-looking man with craggy features, well-made suits, and a penchant for silver-topped walking sticks.

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Cutting the British Empire Down to Size History Today

Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: History

From www.historytoday.com

All those red-bedaubed world maps that became fashionable in Britain around 1900, for example, give an impression of uniform British power, which is certainly false. A truer picture would have been conveyed by colouring most parts a much lighter pink and some with only the faintest blush (to be fair, cartographers often did this with Egypt and the Indian princely states).

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The Vela Incident

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.damninteresting.com

On 22 September 1979, sometime around 3:00am local time, a US Atomic Energy Detection System satellite recorded a pattern of intense flashes in a remote portion of the Indian Ocean. Moments later an unusual, fast-moving ionospheric disturbance was detected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and at about the same time a distant, muffled thud was overheard by the US Navy’s undersea Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS).

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Hugh Thomson " Who killed Britain′s Bronze Age forests?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.aeonmagazine.com

It can no longer be maintained, as used to be supposed even 20 years ago, that Roman Britain was a frontier province, with boundless wild woods surrounding occasional precarious clearings on the best land.

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Why the Jews Are so Educated?   - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Category: History

From whynationsfail.com

Before the destruction of the Second Temple, the sect of Sadducees controlled Jewish society, largely through their dominance of religious and social roles therein. The Sadducees were the high priests, were responsible of the Temple, and in charge of religious learning.

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From Powdered Wigs to Camouflage: The Ever-Changing Style of the U.S. Army - Chris Miller - The Atlantic

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Category: History

From www.theatlantic.com

U.S. Army uniforms remind us of our history, an ever-present sight during our national holidays. There are the blue and grey coats of early America; the browns of WWI; the olive drabs of WWII and Korea; the "tigerstripe" of Vietnam; the Woodland of the Cold War and Balkans; the "Chocolate Chip" of the Gulf War; the desert pattern of the Iraq War; and the grey pixels and "MultiCam" of Afghanistan.

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Why Africa lacked Centralized States " The Role of the Bronze Age - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Category: History

From whynationsfail.com

Copper and tin are both scarce and need to be traded, their supplies can be monopolized, and so can trade. This seems to have created both the incentive and the opportunity to concentrate power and develop urban centers, for example in Knossos in Crete which was the core of Minoan Greece.

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Advice for Soldiers in Vietnam: ‘The Fish is Good’ by Jonathan Mirsky NYRblog The New York Review of Books

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Category: History

From www.nybooks.com

Part of a series begun in World War II for American GIs going abroad, A Pocket Guide to Vietnam was intended to introduce them to the customs, and, rather lightly, the dangers of the place where they were headed.

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Women and Children First! . . . Right?

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: History

From www.pubchoicesoc.org

It’s a widespread notion that women and children are saved first in maritime disasters. The systematic evidence of this comes primarily from the sinking of RMS Titanic. By analyzing individual level data from MS Estonia " one of the largest maritime disaster in the Northern hemisphere since World War II " a different picture emerges.

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