Category Archives: the importance of history

Happy 200th Birthday, Karl Marx (wait, what?)

He was a genius who espoused an economic ideology that could have put workers first and reined in corrupt capitalism. Or, he was a madman who unleashed an economic ideology that has corrupted billions of people around the world. Karl … Continue reading

Posted in Communism, Germany, Karl Marx, the importance of history | Leave a comment

Meet the women who secretly protected the UK during the Cold War

The BBC has a story that history geeks ought to like. “We were drilled on procedure for a nuclear attack. “We all knew if we were within range, we would not survive the fallout. “You could be called back on … Continue reading

Posted in Cold War, the importance of history, United Kingdom, women | Leave a comment

Saudis use ancient site for future plans

The Associated Press has the story. Diriyah lies at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to both control the narrative of its past for future generations of Saudis and to revamp its image to curious world travelers. It’s an especially … Continue reading

Posted in Saudi Arabia, the importance of history | Leave a comment

Obama, on building his library in Chicago’s South Side: Yes, We Can! Many local residents, to Obama: No, You Won’t!

Opposition within Chicago to Barack Obama’s hope to build his presidential library in that city? Not a chance, you say? Oh, my friend, you would be surprised at how deep the division is in the Windy City over that idea. … Continue reading

Posted in 21st century, Barack Obama, Chicago, museums, the importance of history, United States | Leave a comment

Reuters: Hindu nationalists want to rewrite Indian history, assert Hindu supremacy

UPDATE: The Times of India notes the government of that country has strongly denied asserting Hindu supremacy. The report quoted committee head K N Dixit as saying, “I have been asked to present a report that will help the government … Continue reading

Posted in India, international news, international relations, the importance of history | Leave a comment

A visit to the National Portrait Gallery

Sunday brought a day off from The Washington Center’s Inside Washington academic seminar. With bright sunny skies and warmer temperatures, it was a great time to get out and see some of the city. I eventually made my way to … Continue reading

Posted in America, museums, the importance of history, United States | Leave a comment

Photo Antiquities, Pittsburgh

If you’re a U.S. history buff, I have a place for you. If you’re a photography buff, I have a place for you. If you are fascinated by Lincoln’s presidency, I have a place for you. It’s called Photo Antiquities, … Continue reading

Posted in photography, Pittsburgh, the importance of history | Leave a comment