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Jewish Sufi Dervishes 1922 | The Book of Doctrines and Opinions:

15 Nov

http://kavvanah.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/jewish-sufi-dervishes-1922/

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OPIUM: BBC Documentary Series, A Complete History

11 Nov

“The great Opium War of 1840 and the resulting transfer of Hong Kong Island to Britain. How Jardine and Matheson profited from the illegal trade of opium and convinced England to launch an assault on China. Tea and opium are intrinsically linked and one sixth of Britain’s economy was due to trade in opium, an illegal substance.”

The Earliest Little Red Riding Hood Tale

11 Nov

http://www.medievalists.net/2013/11/10/the-earliest-little-red-riding-hood-tale/

Asian Britain: A Photographic History – in pictures

9 Nov

http://www.theguardian.com/society/gallery/2013/nov/06/asian-britain-photographic-history-immigration

From the archive: Kristallnacht | From the Guardian | theguardian.com

9 Nov

http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/from-the-archive-blog/2013/nov/08/kristallnacht-guardian-archive-1938

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History Channel Mankind The Story of All of Us Episode 1/12 Inventors

21 Sep

“Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of history, now adopted by universities across the globe. ‘Big history’ focuses on the forces of nature to show how mankind’s path is guided by events that stretch back, not hundreds, but thousands, even millions of years. How the power of science, from geology and astronomy, to physics and biology, combined to shape our shared human journey. Revealing astounding global connections, and an astonishing interconnected story. This is history without limits. Free from boundaries and politics. Our story, like it’s never been told before. Written by History Channel “

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Guns Germs and Steel | Documentary

21 Sep

Why do some civilizations advance while others remain stagnant?
Diamond argues that Eurasian civilization is not so much a product of ingenuity, but of opportunity and necessity. That is, civilization is not created out of superior intelligence, but is the result of a chain of developments, each made possible by certain preconditions.

The earliest human societies lived as hunter-gatherers. The first step towards civilization is the move from hunter-gatherer to agriculture, with the domestication and farming of wild crops and animals. Agricultural production leads to food surpluses, which supports sedentary societies, specialization of craft, rapid population growth, and specialization of labor. Large societies tend to develop ruling classes¬†and supporting bureaucracies, which may lead in turn to the organization of nation states and empires”

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