Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kv73VJqyEQ&list=PL_IlIlrxhtPOZK1NV1UTTshwrnvNuKNjf LanXang Siengkhene: "After thousands of years as a hunter/gatherer, man built the first cities 5,000 years ago on the banks of the Euphrates in Southern Iraq. Civilization began. City life transformed the human race with the glorious cultures of Mesopotamia such as Ur, and Babylon." Drill Deeper:  Mesopotamia. Ur. Babylon.

WWI’s Civilians, the Home-front, and an Uneasy Peace: How WWI Led to WWII

Crash Course European History: "World War I was a total war for millions of people in Europe. Many men were enlisted in the fighting, but the war work had implications for the daily lives of a huge number of Europeans. Women entered the workforce in huge numbers, and for a lot of people, the battles … Continue reading WWI’s Civilians, the Home-front, and an Uneasy Peace: How WWI Led to WWII

Best Roman Ruins. Where Are the Romans Now?

Throughout Europe and the Middle East, you can find Roman ruins -- more than 40 in Rome, Italy. The 10 best Roman ruins outside Rome that give you a sense of the remarkable geographical span of the Roman Empire are in Merida, Spain; Leptis Magna, Libya; Pula, Croatia; Jerash, Jordan; Caesarea, Israel; Aspendos, Turkey; Baalbek, … Continue reading Best Roman Ruins. Where Are the Romans Now?

Iran’s Dramatic History Shapes Current Events

In light of international crises involving Iran, History Today, a monthly magazine based in London, zooms out over centuries and offers readers access to its archived articles on Iranian history. Among them: Return of the Ayatollah: Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became a lightning rod for the mass protests which overthrew the shah of Iran in 1979, … Continue reading Iran’s Dramatic History Shapes Current Events

1967: Six Day War Between Israel and the Arabs. Decisive Victory for Israel. Inevitable?

The Israeli-Arab Six Day War of June 1967 remains critically important because the Palestinians lost a chunk of Jerusalem and the West Bank, which would have been the basis for any Palestinian State. Those remain what the United Nations calls Israel's "occupied territories." Other videos on the Six-Day War on Youtube.com The Six-Day War of … Continue reading 1967: Six Day War Between Israel and the Arabs. Decisive Victory for Israel. Inevitable?

Supporters of Israel Should Study the Nakba; Arabs Should Study the Holocaust

Roger Cohen, NYT, "Israel's Bloody Status Quo": "Jews should study the Nakba. Arabs should study the Holocaust. That might be a first step toward two-state coexistence." Much has been made in the West about Arabs who deny the Holocaust, and the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27, but I had never heard of Nakba Day … Continue reading Supporters of Israel Should Study the Nakba; Arabs Should Study the Holocaust

‘Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews’

This book and documentary should make it clear that there is absolutely no room for Western moral superiority towards Muslims given the bloodstained history of Christian antisemitism towards the Jews, which the author contends LED DIRECTLY TO THE HOLOCAUST. Author James Carroll "maps the two-thousand-year course of the Church’s battle against Judaism...the central tragedy of … Continue reading ‘Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews’

England’s Forgotten Muslim History

"One of the more surprising aspects of Elizabethan England (1558-1603) is that its foreign and economic policy was driven by a close alliance with the Islamic world, a fact conveniently ignored today by those pushing the populist rhetoric of national sovereignty." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/opinion/sunday/englands-forgotten-muslim-history.html?_r=0

Why Did the Ottoman Empire Fail? Power Vacuums. They Still Haunt the Middle East

Quite a number of students in the United Arab Emirates had been taught the facile notion that the 600-year Ottoman Empire ultimately failed because "it abandoned Allah and Islam" and therefore Allah in turn no longer offered protection. This is not too different from the American students who "explained" the collapse of the Roman Empire … Continue reading Why Did the Ottoman Empire Fail? Power Vacuums. They Still Haunt the Middle East

Foundation of Middle East Conflict: ‘A Peace to End All Peace’

If the "Great Powers" after the First World War had sought to create conflict in the Middle East that would last a century or more, they couldn't have done a better job than they did. In "A Peace to End All Peace," historian David Fromkin, a professor at Boston University, shows how contemporary hostilities between … Continue reading Foundation of Middle East Conflict: ‘A Peace to End All Peace’