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Links 1 through 10 of 47 by Harry Rutherford tagged history

'Winston Churchill is remembered for leading Britain through her finest hour — but what if he also led the country through her most shameful one? What if, in addition to rousing a nation to save the world from the Nazis, he fought for a raw white supremacy and a concentration camp network of his own?'

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'Our forebears considered casting a “secret ballot” cowardly, underhanded, and despicable; as one South Carolinian put it, voting secretly would “destroy that noble generous openness that is characteristick of an Englishman.”'

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Fascinating essay over at MTMG about a footballer called John Cameron and the early history of English football.

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'to summarize his views on Christianity, Thomas Jefferson set to work with scissors, snipping out every miracle and inconsistency he could find in the four Gospels... and reassembled the excerpts into what he believed was a more coherent narrative'

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Interesting. 'It is widely believed that Charles Darwin avoided publishing his theory of evolution for many years... This essay demonstrates that Darwin's delay is... overwhelmingly contradicted by the historical evidence.' via Carl Zimmer

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After a period of being a bit dull, Darwin's Beagle diary livens up as he goes ashore and meets some gauchos. "I here found out I possessed two or three things which created unbounded astonishment. — Principally a small pocket compass."

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Londonist's map of London buildings that have gone walkabout.

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via Londonist, a fantastic discussion of past proposals for London buildings that were never built. Some of them have to be seen to be believed.

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via things magazine: 'The Phantom Time Hypothesis suggests that the early Middle Ages (614-911 A.D.) never happened, but were added to the calendar long ago either by accident, by misinterpretation of documents, or by deliberate falsification'

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