History


On July 26, 1945 President Truman, Prime Minister Attlee, and Stalin demanded the unconditional surrender of Japan. The Japanese military refused to surrender. The pro-peace civilians did not act until the atomic bombs were dropped.

The declaration itself is interesting, partly because it was almost entirely written by Americans and partly because it defines America’s “enemy” to be eliminated so accurately:
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Gregg Easterbrook calls Norman Borlaug the greatest American alive.

Borlaug created the “Green Revolution.” Biotech improved agricultural productivity. New strains of wheat, corn and other crops helped save millions from starvation. Borlaug’s work in Mexico, Pakistan, India and China allowed their populations to grow without facing severe famine and starvation.

The Green Revolution was one of the more important events of the 20th century.
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“Remember We will not tolerate any longer. Free the political prisoners or it will be sure death for all of you. American Anarchist Fighters.”

So read a note following the worst terror attack on New York before 9/11. Anarchists killed 37 and wounded over 400 in downtown Manhattan on September 16th 1920. The attack took place at Wall Street, just before 12 o’clock as workers headed out to the streets to eat lunch.

The remote detonated bomb was in a horse-drawn cart on the street. This was no specific target like a police department or government building. The anarchists killed whoever happened to be near a wandering horse in the street.
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The Soviet Gulag system never received the amount of attention it deserved. A kind explanation is that it was overshadowed by the Nazi Holocaust. Not exactly. The Soviets actually killed more than the Nazis. Communist sympathizers frequently vilified the historians, such as Robert Conquest, who tried to catalog the abuse. So the history still remains obscure.

Kolyma, in the Artic Circle, was one of the death camps in the gulag system.
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The New Yorker discusses the management structure of 18th and 19th century Pirates.

The surprising thing is that, even with this untraditional power structure, pirates were, in Leeson’s words, among “the most sophisticated and successful criminal organizations in history.”

Pirate organizations developed outside the scope of state law. They were non-state actors capable of criminal and military action and were very well organized.

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After Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of espionage, the Left rallied to Hiss’s defense.

The intercepted Venona telegraphs proved that Hiss was a Soviet spy, as well as dozens of others. This should have ended the debate, but many Leftists still engage in historical revisionism.
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Keith Windschuttle Postmodernism and the Fabrication Aboriginal History. (link via Butterflies & Wheels)

There are two movements in history: There is the empirical, and increasingly scientific, view of history, and there is the postmodern view of history as an artistic narrative.

And no, Historians should not just make up facts to create a pleasing story.
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The Spanish American Conquest of Mexico and Peru has been tainted by two false narratives – the Spanish “White Legend” where the Spaniards Christianized and civilized the natives, and the Protestant “Black Legend” which claimed the Catholic Spanish were guilty of genocide and mass-scale theft.
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Mayor Fernando Wood of NYC, a Peace Democrat, recommended that New York City withdraw from the Union.

NYC was a Democratic bastion during the Civil War. It was the site of the Draft Riots of ’63, it voted against Lincoln – twice. NYC was the virtual capital of the Peace Democratic movement that wished to recognize the sovereignty of the CSA and continuation of slavery.

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This is an excerpt of Clement Vallandigham’s Speech to House of Reps, January 14th 1863 on the Civil War.

This is a direct attack against Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln was hated to a much greater extent than people realize today. It’s fair to say, he was the least popular President in American History. In return, he was far more ruthless than most imagine.

Below are excerpts from Lincoln’s editorial in the New York Tribune,on June 15, 1863. He discusses the civil rights issue, free press, and constitutionality of his actions against the Peace Movement. Lincoln favored civil rights before and after civil war, but not during. He once stated that suspending civil rights is a bitter medicine that won’t be prolonged once the illness goes away.
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The Greco-Bactrian Kingdom connected the East in West in the ancient world. Greek military settlers, following Alexander the Great took over Afghanistan. They conquered a sizable empire over the Indus River Valley and converted to Buddhism.

These Greeks played a major role in opening the Silk Road that economically connected China and Rome. And yet, it seems forgotten in history.
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