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  1. Imperia

    The ages of history

    The old age began with the inversion of writing, the Middle Ages began with the fall of Rome, the modern age with the fall of Constantinople and the contemporary age with the fall of the Bastille. I wonder how these events are so important to usher in new ages? What events besides these could...
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    Research - documentaries about the Cold War

    Hello! I am a history student at the University of Milan and I am currently working on a research about the representation of the Cold War in the media, with the focus on documentary films and series. I kindly ask you to help me by filling in the survey below. It will not take more than 5...
  3. Voltaires Hat

    Good sources on contemporary African politics, history, culture?

    Last year I subscribed to the American Publication 'Foreign Affairs' which often includes a sprinkling of articles on African politics and history. The articles that I've read in it so far are quite fascinating, and so I'm hoping to find other good sources of contemporary African history...
  4. VHS

    The contemporary soldier question

    We certainly value the lives of our soldiers much more preciously today; of course, we can have many soldiers who haven't engaged in battles during their whole careers. Quite contrary to the killing profession, the military can save many lives during major natural disasters. Then, people in...
  5. Futuristic

    Christian culture in contemporary Western world

    Though modern Western countries are secular countries with extense freedom of religion, unlike countries in the Muslim world, historically they have been confesional Christian states for a lot of centuries. I'm not talking about the US, which has been secular since the Founding Fathers (although...
  6. JeanDukeofAlecon

    A contemporary portrait of Basil I

    While searching through the depths of a database of Byzantine manuscripts in the french national library, I found one image labeled simply "basil I", with its source being a french book from 1929. Anyone interested in Byzantine history will know how rare any sort of detailed portrait of an...
  7. dreuxeng

    Contemporary Art is Not

    much of contemporary art is really only about self-autonomy and the uniqueness of the individual: no doubt the extraordinary, the exceptional and the exclusive. Everybody wants to Rule the World (yes, Tears For Fears), but since everybody cannot rule the world, they can at least express...
  8. JeanDukeofAlecon

    Contemporary names of Constantinople.

    Generally, the accepted timeline for the name of Constantinople was that it was called new rome under constantine, constantinople for the majority of the byzantine period and the ottoman, the city as an alternate name from the byzantine all the way up to the present day, and then istanbul under...
  9. VHS

    Contemporary relative gender equality 300 years earlier and continues today

    I know a few anti-feminists here, but contemporary relative gender equality (Mostly Europe and North America; Hong Kong and Taiwan are as well; South Korea is somewhat behind; Japan is still relatively sexist) is welcomed by most people today. Family decay? Please read the book The Way We...
  10. notgivenaway

    Who is the best contemporary POTUS?

    I'm not American and a lot would say Reagan, for ending the Cold War. But for me, if contemporary means after WWII, it's LBJ. I don't think JFK, had he lived, wouuld have been able to secure the Civil Rights Act or the Great Society programmes. Vietnam was a blunder due to bad strategy, which...
  11. W

    Contemporary 15th century depictions of seafarers?

    Hope this is the right place to ask! I need some contemporary illustrations or written descriptions of the kind of clothing sailors in Europe would have worn at any point during the 1400s. It's for reenactment purposes so I need to be as accurate as possible with the costume. One thing I'm...
  12. VHS

    Let's discuss contemporary Italian culture

    I should admit that contemporary Italian culture still has substantial influence. As far as contemporary Italian music (not popular music) is concerned, I somehow know about Ludovico Einaudi, Floraleda Sacchi, Cecilia Chailly. Many people talk about Venetian seafoods, but can anyone show...
  13. VHS

    When was contemporary Russia partially or mostly under foreign control?

    Due to the sheer size of Russia, Napoleon and Hitler were unable to conquer Russia (or Soviet Union). While Japan occupied a good part of China, it failed to control these territories. Mongolians were able to conquer the contemporary Russian area partially due to this area in this period was...
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    Current Byzantine historiography

    As a layman interested in the centuries from about 300 to 800 AD, I am pretty uninformed on Byzantine history. I am (just barely) aware of the following historians of the Roman East: Donald Nicol. Steven Runciman (older stuff). Warren Treadgold. Stephen Williams. Other than A.H.M. Jones...
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    Why did Christianity never get foothold in areas of contemporary Assam

    Why did Christianity never get foothold in areas of contemporary Assam (the territories that are defined as Assam today), despite it becoming popular in almost every other state of the North east barring Tripura and Sikkim (due to large Bengali and Nepali populations essentially in those places).
  16. notgivenaway

    Contemporary European history turning points

    What if in the following countries, alternative scenarios unfolded?: - UK - Thatcher has no Falklands War to contend with, and loses the 1983 general election. Labour wins, and the country is not as racked as in the 1970s, but there is less emphasis on financial services, but poorer growth vis...
  17. notgivenaway

    Contemporary historical politicians

    Is Tony Blair really all that he was cracked up to be (Iraq aside)? And was Mitterand the best French President since de Gaulle? And is Merkel the best Kanzler since Adenuer? I don't think there has been a better Chancellor of Germany since Adenauer, I think he laid down Germany today as the...
  18. notgivenaway

    Did the contemporary history of most countries in the world begin in 1945?

    Is this true for the USA, UK, France, China, or even countries that were colonies in 1945 such as India and Nigeria? I think it applies for the USA, since it became a superpower at this point, and conversely for the UK, since it had to come to terms with not being top dog and decolonisation...
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    Contemporary / Historical Europe?

    How and where do we see relations, where not? If "contemporary" is too vague, then let us say as far back as there are significant numbers of survivors. Some of what is now important parts of Europe, but not very rooted in the far past could be the very "European" organisations and institutions...
  20. Panthera tigris altaica

    Appreciation for contemporary military dress (Very Large link collection)

    Source: Reddit's Military Porn. The gear they wear and bear. Be it battle, combat, ceremonial or standard issue uniforms. What is worn today will be looked at with an historical eye tomorrow. I think contemporary uniforms are just as fascinating as the what was worn in the past. (The pictures...