A 2500 year old mummy that had some amazing tattoos.
NO FUCKING WAY.
YO HOLD ON.
IT GETS BETTER.
This mummy, found in the Altai mountains of Siberia, is actually that of a young woman who died at about the age of twenty-five; she is thought to have been a member of the Pazyryk tribe.
She was buried with six horses and two similarly-tattooed men (the horned griffon that decorates her shoulder also appears on the man buried closest to her, covering most of his right side), possibly escorts. She was also wearing a horse-hair wig, silk, and elaborate boots, which is all a level of ceremony that would have likely only been accorded to a woman of high rank. You didn’t get inked like this unless you were very important, and had worked your way up to that importance.
…Hence, of course, the references to her by researchers as ‘The Ukok Princess,’ although due to the lack of weapons in her grave they have concluded that the woman was in fact a healer or a storyteller.
And now I’m all consumed with curiosity: Who was she? What amazing things did she accomplish? Why these symbols, and what did they mean? Who were the two men alongside her?
The most informative article about it can be found here, although I would completely eat up any other information you guys could find.
Girls pose by a jail that recalls the witch trials of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo taken in 1945.
I recently learned that the water in Salem was contaminated with the fungus from which LSD is derived and a legitimate theory for the whole thing is that everyone in the town was tripping balls
An assignment for Advanced Digital! We were supposed to make a gif portrait of a historical figure. I chose Julie d’Aubigny, 17th century swordsmaster and opera singer, responsible for the deaths of at least ten men in duels, and openly bisexual. After her lover was placed into a convent by the girl’s parents, d’Aubigny took the vows to enter the convent as a novice, then rescued her lover and set the convent on fire to cover their escape. Dang.
February 19, 1942: Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066.
The order provided for the designation of military areas (to be decided by the Secretary of War and commanders of the U.S. armed forces) from which “any or all persons” could be relocated. No specific ethnic groups or sections of the nation were singled out in the text of the order, but it stated that these new powers would serve as “protection against espionage and against sabotage”. In practice, it resulted in the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, nearly two-thirds of whom were American-born citizens; smaller numbers of German- and Italian-Americans were interned as well, but no ethnic group was targeted by the government to the extent that the Japanese were.
Virtually every Japanese-American living on the West Coast was interned, while a small fraction of those living in Hawaii - just over a thousand - suffered the same fate. The justification for the executive order was practical; it was believed that many Japanese, Issei and Sansei alike, could not possibly remain loyal to the United States if it went to war with Japan. It was outwardly practical (the Ni’ihau Incident seemed to prove American suspicions), and it was deeply rooted in racial prejudice. Many white farmers were glad to see their Japanese competition uprooted and displaced; several newspapers printed opinion pieces that supported wholeheartedly the internment based on their own personal feelings toward the Japanese; the American public (including even Theodore Geisel/Dr. Seuss) generally supported the move; and the Supreme Court, the ultimate defender and interpreter of the U.S. Constitution, upheld the constitutionality of the executive order in Korematsu v. U.S. (also see: Hirabayashi v. U.S.). Camps were run by the Wartime Civil Control Administration and the War Relocation Authority; the largest of these by population were Tule Lake and Poston, but the most well-known today is Manzanar.
Some Japanese-Americans escaped internment by volunteering to serve in the U.S. Army, and many of them served in the famous 442nd Infantry Regiment, a unit that fought in Europe after 1944. Ironically, while many of its members’ families remained interned at home based on widespread racism and suspicions of disloyalty, this all-Japanese unit eventually became the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the U.S. Army: twenty-one of its members were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Executive Order 9066 was eventually rescinded in 1976, and surviving Japanese internees received payments and apologies from the U.S. government in the 1990s. But money paid four decades later could not compensate for the time lost in the camps; the businesses, homes, farms, and other property sold last-minute at ridiculously low prices by their owners or vandalized and destroyed in their absence; and the humiliation and disillusionment at having been denounced by their own countrymen and rounded up by their own government.
BLACK WALL STREET is not a record label started by The Game.
Black Wall Street was the most prosperous black community in America during the 1920’s located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was known as “Little Africa” or “Black Beverly Hills”, a prime example of racial nationalism. To put into perspective of how money flowed in Black Wall Street, a dollar took 365 DAYS to leave the community, now a dollar leaves an African American Community every 15 MINUTES. The community had hundreds of businesses all negro owned and their motto was “To educate every child”.
June 1, 1921 white supremacists bombed BLACK WALL STREET and killed more than 300 people and destroyed over 600 businesses. 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, a hospital, bank, post office, and most schools were destroyed. The dead were buried in unmarked graves. It wasn’t till 1997 that Oklahoma decided to pass the “1921 Race Riot Reconciliation Act” which provided decedents of that area a free college education.
I had no idea about this.
Everything they teach about Egypt in most schools is distorted. The people of Egypt called their country Kemet not Egypt. Kemet means black land. Egypt is a Greek concept. Egypt is derived from the Greek word Aegyptos. The greeks called the kemetians language hieroglyphs, but the people of Kemet called their language Medu Neter. Even the names we learn of the gods are wrong. Isis Kemetic name is Aset. Anubis is Anpu. Horus is Heru. Osiris is Wesir. I’m doing research to find as many of the true Kemetic names that I can.
i posted this 4 months ago and it has gotten over a 1,000 reblogs…So i’m sendin it back into rotation. Power of knowledge !!
The Greeks also messed up when they interpreted the religious system. The worship of one God in many forms is the deal. Not multiple Gods. They did not worship the Sun, it was the manifestation of God in the sun, the water, the moon ect. What each element represented.
- Classical Greece
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Maya
- Ancient Babylon
- Ancient Japan
- Ancient China
- Ancient Rome
There are all from the amazing tumblr ancientpeoples which I’m fangirling over. I figured it was easier to link them all like this since the posts are long and then I - and other people - can find them later :)
Quick disclaimer before I get to the list: these are history books recommended by readers of this blog. The gaps that exist are entirely a function of what books were recommended and not editorial bias on my part. If you’d like to fill any gaps, please send me a note and I will add your recommendations to the list. I’ll add a link to this list at the top of the FYEE page.
Books with an asterisk are fiction.
Belarus at the Crossroads, by Sherman W. Garnett
Understanding Belarus and How Western Foreign Policy Misses the Mark, by Grigory Ioffe
Bosnia & Herzegovina:
Quick And The Dead: Under Siege in Sarajevo, by Janine di Giovanni
Bosnia: In the Footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, by Tony Fabijancic
Gottland, by Marius Szczygiel (not available in English)
Salonica: City of Ghosts, by Mark Mazower
The Bridge at Andau, by James Michener
The Latvian Saga, by Uldis Germanis
The Red Fog, by Lilija Zarina
The Woman in Amber, by Agate Nesaule
With Fire and Sword, by Henryk Sienkiewicz*
God’s Playground: a History of Poland, by Norman Davies
Rising ‘44, by Norman Davies
Kamienie na Szaniec, by Aleksander Kaminski* (not available in English)
The History of Polish Literature, by Czesław Miłosz
Poland, by James A. Michener
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, by Jan Gross
Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation, by Jan Gross
Conversations with an Executioner, by Kazimierz Moczarski
A World Apart, by Gustav Herling
The Katyn Wood murders, by Joseph Mackiewicz
anything by Tadeusz Borowski*
With Friends Like These: The Soviet Bloc’s Clandestine War Against Romania, by Larry Watts
A Sincere History of the Romanian People, by Florin Constantiniu (not available in English)
History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness, by Lucian Boia
Guerrilla Radio: Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio and Serbia’s Underground Resistance, Matthew Collin
The Serbs, by Tim Judah
A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility, Taner Akcem
Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, by Caroline Finkel
The Five: A Novel of Jewish Life in Turn-of-the-century Odessa, by Vladimir Jabotinsky*
Russia & USSR:
Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War, by Thomas de Waal
A Concise History of the Russian Revolution, by Richard Pipes
One Soldier’s war in Chechnya, by Arkady Babchenko
The Angel of Grozny, by Asne Sierestad
Russka, by Edward Rutheford*
Lenin’s Tomb: the Last Days of the Soviet Empire, by David Remnick
Resurrection: the Struggle for a New Russia, by David Remnick
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, by Victor Sebestyen
Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day Of The Soviet Union, by Conor O’Clery
Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler’s War and Stalin’s Peace, by Masha Gessen
Man is Wolf to Man: Surviving Stalin’s Gulag, by Janusz Bardach
The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Piggy Foxy and the Sword of Revolution: Bolshevik Self-Portraits, by Alexander Vatlin and Larisa Malashenko
Anything by Anna Politskovkaya
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, by Victor Sebestyen
Down With Big Brother, by Michael Dobbs
The Balkans: A Short History, by Mark Mazower
The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism, by Dennis Hupchick
The Balkans 1804-1999: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers, by Misha Glenny
The Baltic: A New History of the Region and its People, by Alan Palmer
The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, by Gale Stokes
Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe: Travels in Eastern European Football, by Jonathan Wilson
Comparative History of the Communist States, by Jean-Francois Soulet (not available in English)
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, by Samantha Power
Political Construction Sites: Nation Building in Russia and the Post-Soviet States, Pal Kosto