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Oriental Institute Museum – A virtual tour

The University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute has a publicly visible virtual museum allowing those who cant get there in person an opportunity to get a sense of its holdings. Continue reading “Oriental Institute Museum – A virtual tour”

Digital epigraphy: Review

This is an excellent volume, which I believe is an important contribution. It is clear that the manual is based on a great deal of experience in the field and will serve as a wonderful introduction for those wanting to transition from traditional methods to digital methods. Continue reading “Digital epigraphy: Review”

Euratlas – a map resource for history enthusiasts

I’m always looking for useful resources, here’s one worth sharing.

Euratlas is an internet site that provides a variety of useful map resources:

There are three main sections to the site:

1 Historical Maps.

2 Geography Maps.

3 Antique Maps.

Historical Maps incorporates history maps for Europe, the Middle East and the World, plus historical atlases, maps of ancient Rome and vector / GIS maps. There is also access to support material and information on creating custom history maps. Geography Maps gives access to geographic atlases of Europe and the World. While Antique Maps offers access to a variety of digitized antique maps, as well as the Lesage Historical Atlas (1808) and the Peutinger Maps from 1265.

In addition the on-line Euratlas Shop sells historical cartography programs and maps, including educational software like historical atlases and digital resources for students, teachers, genealogists, scholars, journalists or graphic designers.

Review – MIG vs America, Cold War in the Skies

An interesting albeit somewhat  older documentary that examines fighter design arms race between the US and USSR from the creation of  the Russia MIG 15, one of the most prolific fighters ever, manufactured in 4 countries and used by at least 18 to the MIG 29 and tracks the US developments from the US F-86 Sabre which was used by 26 different airforces to the F-18 Hornet.

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The Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.” was introduced in 1861, originally only for the sailors and Marines as the Army thought it was a bad idea. Six months later the Army changed its mind and approved the award of the Medal of Honor to soldiers. A recent documentary Medal of Honor – The History discusses the history and evolution of this award and explains the symbology of the original Navy design of Minerva repelling Discord and how the design came Continue reading “The Medal of Honor”

Universities create a state history app

The University of Oregon and Oregon State University have teamed up to create a web-based app that allows people to engage with the history of the built environment of Oregon. The underlying collection consists 22,000 images and associated documentation. The digitised database which is accessible to everyone is ideal for amateur historians and researchers.

Full Story here 

Chinese Film Distorts History

A production company affiliated with the Chinese military have produced a movie The Cairo Declaration as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations of Japan’s surrender in WWII which depicts Mao Zedong as an important participant in the Cairo conference of 1943. A conference he never attended.

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