It is hardly consolation to be reminded that this is not the first low point in American history. But a look back at that past does reveal that, at the very least, even the worst moments contain lessons that can still apply today. And if we listen to those lessons, perhaps a better future will be possible. With that in mind, TIME asked 21 historians to weigh in with their picks for ;worst moments; that hold a lesson mdash;and what they think those experiences can teach us.Here, they explain their choices:
A series of posts on the Reflections in War and Society blog will begin May 15, published by the Dale Center for the Study of War amp; Society at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). On March 31, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the Covid 19 pandemic is the worst crisis since World War II because the virus threatens every nation. Other world leaders joined him in making that historical comparison. At the epicenter of the pandemic, President Xi Jinping invoked the People s War, fought against the Japanese Army during World War II, to explain how China would win the battle against the disease. Queen Elizabeth II, in a rare broadcast, urged her subjects to emulate the discipline and resolve that Britons displayed in World War II. President Donald Trump said U.S. efforts to fight the virus called for shared sacrifices like Americans had made during World War II, drawing a parallel between young men volunteering to serve in the military and workers sleeping on the floor of PPE factories. These historical references to a global conflict that symbolizes duty, unity, and above all victory make sense for leaders who need to rally their countrymen, but one has to wonder: are they true?
For decades, the famous Khufu pyramid in Cairo, Egypt, has perplexed historians ndash; with many questioning how such an impressive structure was built so long ago.The mystery behind the last remaining ancient wonder of the world exploded in 2017, when a group of archaeologists discovered a previously unknown void at the centre of the pyramid.
From this legendary room, America conducted some of its most amazing space missions. This video montage captures the significance of the Historic Mission Control Center at the NASA Johnson Space Center, which has undergone a massive restoration to bring the room back to life as it appeared during the Apollo era. Historians and technicians have made every effort to ensure historical accuracy and to preserve this room for future generations. As NASA looks to send humans deeper into space than ever before, the Historic Mission Control will serve as a reminder that anything is possible. jsc2019m000564
Newscasts amp; VideosPrime Minister Pierre Trudeau looks on as Cuban President Fidel Castro gestures during a visit in Havana on Jan. 27, 1976.
Moscow 's biting remarks might anger British war veterans, who celebrated this week the 75th anniversary of the allied invasion that marked a turning point in the second world war. Russia was not involved in D Day but the Soviet effort was crucial in defeating the Nazis on the eastern Front. Addressing reporters at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that while the Kremlin appreciated the allied war effort, western nations should not downplay Russia 's key role in ending the war. Mrs Zakharova said: ”It should of course not be exaggerated. And especially not at the same time as diminishing the Soviet Union 's titanic efforts, without which this victory simply would not have happened. As historians note, the Normandy landings did not have a decisive impact on the outcome of World War Two and the Great Patriotic War. It had always been pre determined as a result of the Red Army 's victories, mainly at Stalingrad in late 1942 and Kursk in mid 1943 . ”
next Image 1 of 2Tourists walk nearby Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Friday, April 19, 2019. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800 year old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. (AP Photo Thibault Camus) prev Image 2 of 2Workers prepare to remove a statue from the damaged Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Friday, April 19, 2019. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800 year old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. (AP Photo Thibault Camus)
Short, seemingly simple, the march wrote a small but significant line in the history of modern Cuba. The socialist government had explicitly permitted a public march unassociated with any part of the all encompassing Communist state, a move that participants and historians call highly unusual and perhaps unprecedented since the first years of the revolution. I think it s very intelligent that they approved the demonstration, or, rather, march, said singer Silvio Rodriguez, an establishment figure who has criticized official cultural rigidity and who participated in the event. It makes us feel optimistic. Now we have to see if the same thing will happen with other causes.
That #x27;s the conclusion from a new survey released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday. Historians believe the new data should be a wake up call on how the systematic murder of six million Jews in Europe is taught in Canadian schools and remembered more broadly.
Get the New Statesman's Morning Call email. In 1918, at the end of the First World War, some 17 million soldiers and civilians lay dead and 23 million were wounded, yet the ensuing peace was riddled with inconsistencies that were to have dire outcomes later in the century. What would have happened had the voices that argued for continuing the war and taking it into Germany itself prevailed? What if John Maynard Keynes had won the day with his conviction that a pragmatic settlement imposed on Germany was the only credible outcome? And was the war really as futile as it now seems or was it a mercifully short conflict that could have been much longer and bloodier? This issue, four distinguished historians consider these questions. As we mark the centenary of the Armistice, all that is clear is that the peace was as intractable as the war. It could ve been a government thing : Why Generation Z thinks Madeleine McCann never existed Subscribefrom just $2 per issue Promotional text sentence here Subscribe This article first appeared in the 02 November 2018 issue of the New Statesman, The Great War s long shadow
For lack of reliable sources at the time of the events, the figures of the First world war are often difficult to establish with certainty, and can vary considerably according to the historians. They are generally very approximate. The AFP has withheld the figures today the more commonly accepted, or ranges when the differences between the estimates are too high.
According to film historians Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, Fisher had affairs with music rock legends Freddie Mercury and David Bowie back in 1973. Fisher would have been 17, a teenager at the time.
The committee was set up after the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that a major portion of Sikh history was removed from the Class 12 book. The committee comprises JS Grewal, former vice chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University, Prithipal Singh Kapur, former pro VC of the GNDU, and Indu Banga, emeritus professor, history, at Panjab University, besides two historians to be nominated by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Must read Punjab govt puts on hold release of Class 12 history book
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Inventur Art in Germany, 1943 55 is a remarkable exhibition, but not because any of the work itself is particularly groundbreaking. It isn t. What s notable is that during this specific time, the decade or so after the end of World War II, any art was made at all. Indeed, historians still refer to this period as a gap in the study of German art history. This is understandable, given the restrictions placed on artists by the Nazi government before and during the war and the collapse of Germany afterwards. The thread is only picked up again in 1955 during the first iteration of Documenta in Kassel where German reengagement with the international art world began to take place.
This new discovery could be the greatest discovery of all time. The remarkable ancient mummified body, dubbed Maria, has three fingers on each hand, it was discovered in Nazca, Peru. While mummies can excite historians, this particular find may alter the story of human origins. After discovering more mummies in Peru some members of the team claimed that it didn't look human. The tests indicate that the body is likely from AD 245 to 410 â€“ over 1,600 years old, according to the scientists. The mystery remains and we look forward to learn more about these mummified remains. Are we looking at a long lost ancient civilization? Are we looking at the remains of the â€˜Godsâ€™ that according to many ancient texts descended from the heavens in the distant past? Are we looking at a Alien species that existed on Earth long before humans came into existence?
The persecuted, the perpetrators and their accomplices alike the number of people who survived Germany's 1933 45 Nazi era is dwindling; soon that entire generation will be gone. Historians, politicians and educators have long sought a way to ensure that Germany's past will not be forgotten once the people who witnessed it are no longer alive. The matter has become more urgent as racism and anti Semitism have noticeably increased in recent years in Germany and neighboring countries. With this in mind, the Bielefeld Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) presented its "MEMO Germany: Multidimensional Memory Monitor" study on Tuesday in Berlin.
I feel that truth cannot be distorted. But there is a tendency to rewrite the history of the country. I feel sad when I hear about that. Today our historians are unhappy because of that. I also do not know what the future of Indian history is under these circumstances is. It is a big crime to rewrite history and distort truths. We cannot change our history as it links our past with the present and future, Mamata said while delivering a speech at the 78th session of Indian History Congress hosted by Jadavpur University here.Without taking anyone s name, the chief minister said, In the name of political vendetta, attempts are now being made to change the history. Some people are saying that Mahatma Gandhi is not a patriot but Nathuram Godse is a patriot. I feel ashamed to hear such things and do not know how these things are going on. This is political vendetta. Such exercises can satisfy some people but it cannot satisfy all. I also feel sad to hear the caste war, creed war and (incidents of) lynching that are going on in the country. I am in favour of the truth, which must prevail in the country, she added.
But for almost a decade before the mosque was demolished, Ayodhya had become a site of intense debate regarding what should be considered the truest history of the place. The radical Hindu Right led by the VHP, BJP, RSS and Shiv Sena laid out two firm claims to the site of Ayodhya; first that it was the sacred spot of the birth of Lord Ram and second that a temple dedicated to Ram had been demolished in order to build the Babri Masjid in the sixteenth century under the commands of Mughal Emperor Babur. Ayodhya s history from the point of view of the Hindu fundamentalists became the basis for calling for the demolition of the mosque and construction of a temple dedicated to Ram in its place. The Right wing s interpretation of Ayodhya s history was soon contradicted by Left wing historians, who were of the opinion that the fundamentalist understanding of the history of Ayodhya was incorrect, politically motivated and dangerous for the future of the country s secularism.From the mid 1980s on, there emerged a trend of promoting a new history of Ayodhya. This new way of history writing, made its appearance in places in and around Lucknow, Allahabad and other areas producing Hindi literature. As noted by historian Gyanendra Pandey, the right wing Hindu movement had done all it can to promote an alternative account of the history of Ayodhya and its association with Ram. Further, both historians Vinay Lal and Pandey noted that this new history of Ayodhya as seen by the radical right was put across in a way that made it appear as the real and incontrovertible truth about the region.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said there were enough guidelines to be followed by the censor board to grant certification of a film before its release.The bench was hearing a plea filed by Siddharajsinh M Chudasama and 11 others, which also sought setting up of a committee of eminent historians to check the veracity of the script to prevent any inaccuracy in the portrayal of Rani Padmavati.