Tag: general history
4 Acts of Kindness that Changed History Forever
Feb 15, 2019 | General Interest, History |
English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different M...
Jul 10, 2018 | General Interest, Literature, Trivia |
Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Los...
Aug 18, 2017 | General Interest, History, Literature, Technology |
The Warrior Monks Who Brought Banking to London
Jul 18, 2017 | General Interest, History |
Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the ...
Sep 2, 2016 | General Interest, History |
The First Cities
Jul 12, 2016 | History, Technology |
Thursday July 12 2007 was a seminal day (apparently). On that day the a United Nations report, that coincided with World Population Day, revealed that for the first time in history, more people were now living in cities than rural areas. But how did this come about ? In this artice we look at the key argricultural and technological developements needed for this to happen.
How did Bread become a staple food in the West ?
Jul 5, 2016 | Food & Drink |
Nursery Rhymes – Origins & History III
Dec 27, 2013 | General Interest, Literature |
Mayans, Incas & Aztecs – The South American ‘Classical Age’
Dec 3, 2013 | History |
Are You a Luddite?
Sep 6, 2013 | General Interest, History |
The Railway – Not just for Choo Choos
Sep 3, 2013 |
If you thought that the railway was invented along with the steam locomotive then you’d be wrong. Railways existed long before steam, long before even the birth of Christ.Read More
The Origin of Writing
Aug 30, 2013 |
Writing – The invention that enabled science and knowledge to flourish. However it seems that is wasn’t invented for prose or love poems or literature but for the more mundane and prosaic task of taxation and bookkeeping.Read More
Sark – A Potted History
Aug 2, 2013 |
In this article we have a whirlwind look at the history of one of the most enigmatic of the Channel Islands, Sark.Read More
The Invention of Money – A Short History
Jul 30, 2013 |
From prostitution to dealing on the stock exchange, trading has been around for tens of thousands of years. But when did mankind move from a barter system to exchanging goods for bits of metal and paper ?Read More
What drove the great migrations of the first millennium AD?
Jun 18, 2013 |
A curious thing occurred between 400-800 AD. In Europe and the far east, particularly China, a serious of mass population movements and incursions occurred. What historians are debating today is what caused these massive migrations.Read More
Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?
May 28, 2013 |
Tea certainly isn’t native to the British Isles so how did this come about? It certainly is an interesting story involving a Portuguese princess who was a tea addict, smuggling and even revolution.Read More
The Humble Potato – a History
May 24, 2013 |
The potato’s story begins about 8,000 years ago near Lake Titicaca, in South America. In this article we look at how it became the one of most popular foodstuff in the world today.Read More
How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World
Feb 12, 2013 |
How on earth can Ancient Romans have built our modern railway system ? We take a side-ways look at this claim.Read More
The Magi – a new revelation ?
Dec 21, 2012 |
An ancient document found in the Vatican archives has cast new light on the story of the Nativity and the Three Wise Men. The document called “The Revelation of the Magi” is an 8th century copy of an earlier one dated to the 2nd or 3rd century ADRead More
Jazz – A Short History
Sep 14, 2012 |
Did you know that jazz was born in the US? Did you know that the drum set was invented by jazz musicians? Did you know that the word “cool” and “hip” were originally jazz terms?Read More
The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses
May 15, 2012 |
Ideas that changed the World : The invention of printing & the printing press like many innovations evolved over time but there was one seminal moment when the printing press exploded on the scene and changed society forever.Read More
Some more historical myths debunked
May 8, 2012 |
Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a : Who perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Who really was the 1st US President? Did Mediaeval people really think the Earth was flat ?Read More
Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II
Apr 27, 2012 |
Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.Read More
How was the order of our alphabet determined?
Apr 17, 2012 |
Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.Read More
When there were two Guernseys
Mar 16, 2012 |
There was a time when Guernsey consisted of 2 separate islands. It was military expendiency that drove the effort to re-unite the 2 parts of ‘Sarnia’ again.Read More
Some Historical Myths Debunked
Feb 28, 2012 |
Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Did King Harold really die from an arrow in the eye? Did Slaves built the great pyramids in Eqypt ?Read More