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‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’ Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001.

‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’

But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky. For the next eight hours, with American airspace completely cleared of jets, a single blue-and-white Boeing 747, tail number 29000—filled with about 65 passengers, crew and press, and the 43rd president, George W.

Bush, as well as 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas—traversed the eastern United States. Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire. Help us sue the British government for torture.

Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire

That was the request Caroline Elkins, a Harvard historian, received in 2008. The idea was both legally improbable and professionally risky. Improbable because the case, then being assembled by human rights lawyers in London, would attempt to hold Britain accountable for atrocities perpetrated 50 years earlier, in pre-independence Kenya. Risky because investigating those misdeeds had already earned Elkins heaps of abuse. A Crisis of the Middle Ages? Deconstructing and Constructing European Identities in a Globalised World.

A Crisis of the Middle Ages?

A Crisis of the Middle Ages? Deconstructing and Constructing European Identities in a Globalised World

Deconstructing and Constructing European Identities in a Globalised World By Michael Borgolte. The British Library.

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Gujarat2002. A New Generation’s Anger Resounds From a Packed Plaza in Paris. All through March students and unions took to the streets to demonstrate.

A New Generation’s Anger Resounds From a Packed Plaza in Paris

The protests spread to the provinces. The government quickly backed down, gutting its own plan. Photo “Our youth feel neglected by society,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls mused carefully in an interview with the newspaper Libération. Street Names. Old and New Street Signs.

Street Names

PearTree Street 1725 - reminder of the fruit trees once growing here! 1732 faded street sign when Meard Street was Meards Street Some street names were etched into the kerb The content of this website is the property of and must not be reproduced without permission. Every effort is made to ensure the details contained on this site are correct, however we cannot accept responsibility for errors and omissions. About Us | Contact us | Advertising. The core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Your national on-line library for local history. Hypatia, Ancient Alexandria’s Great Female Scholar. Africans in India: Pictures that Speak of a Forgotten History.

An exhibition on Africans in India, highlighting the long history of African communities in India, opens on March 21 Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah of Bijapur and African courtiers, ca, 1640.

Africans in India: Pictures that Speak of a Forgotten History

Credit: The British Library Board India and Africa have a shared history that runs deeper than is often realised. Trade between the regions goes back centuries – 4th century CE Ethiopian (Aksumite) coins have been found in southern India. Several African groups, particularly Muslims from east Africa, came to India as slaves and traders. Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation. If Baghdad today is a byword for inner-city decay and violence on an unspeakable scale, its foundation 1,250 years ago was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design.

Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation

More than that, it was a landmark for civilisation, the birth of a city that would quickly become the cultural lodestar of the world. Contrary to popular belief, Baghdad is old but not ancient.

Phoenician History

Pakistan History. Mohenjo-Daro's New Story - Andrew Lawler Andrew Lawler. Back issues of Asian Ethnologyarranged by volume. When Mr. Modi Went to London. His 2003 visit to the UK was a nerve-racking and politically fraught affair, writes Satyabrata Pal, who was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time The last laugh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his UK counterpart David Cameron at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday.

When Mr. Modi Went to London

Credit: PTI Photo It’s admirable that Narendra Modi puts no premium on English, speaking instead in Hindi at his press conference in London, which no Indian Prime Minister before him has. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in every other way a far greater man, was strangely diffident on this point: struggling to respond in English to Anglophone interlocutors, he became tongue-tied. Tony Blair once told Manmohan Singh that in 2002, when he had made several trips to Delhi, and George Bush had asked him before one of them why he was going back when he had been there recently, he had said that he had put a question then to Vajpayee, to which he hoped this time to get a reply.

Opinion / Op-Ed : How Savarkar escaped the gallows. Immediately after Madanlal Pahwa’s failed attempt on Gandhi’s life on January 20, 1948, suspicion fixed on V.D.

Opinion / Op-Ed : How Savarkar escaped the gallows

Savarkar as the brain behind the crime. Investigations confirmed the suspicion; evidence at the trial court all but proved his complicity. He, however, escaped with an acquittal. Deputy Prime Minister Vallabhbhai Patel was convinced of his guilt. 1922: The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb — in color. In 1907, Egyptologist and archaeologist Howard Carter was hired by George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon to oversee excavations in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

1922: The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb — in color

Carter had built a reputation for scrupulously recording and preserving discoveries. Carter searched the valley for years with little to show for it, which drew the ire of his employer. What We Can Learn From India’s Medieval Past. Work on Indian history is increasingly threatened by those who cling to a fabricated past filled with religious conflict and display fierce animosity toward anybody who brings up evidence to the contrary The medieval past matters deeply in modern India. The most prominent people, dynasties, and historical incidents from this period are common subjects of public discussion even today. This investment in the past is generally healthy for Indian society as people robustly debate how to best interpret their history and its possible lessons and meanings for the present.

But there is an ugly side to modern India’s attraction to its younger self.


25 maps that explain the English language. By Libby Nelson on March 3, 2015 English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today. Explicit cookie consent. The end of capitalism has begun. A Bubble that Broke the World. Ferdinand Mount reviews ‘Magna Carta’ by David Carpenter, ‘Magna Carta Uncovered’ by Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge, ‘Magna Carta’ by J.C. Holt, ‘Magna Carta’ by Nicholas Vincent and ‘Magna Carta’ by Dan Jones · LRB 23 April 2015.

BuyMagna Carta by David Carpenter Penguin, 594 pp, £10.99, January, ISBN 978 0 241 95337 2BuyMagna Carta Uncovered by Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge Hart, 222 pp, £25.00, October 2014, ISBN 978 1 84946 556 4Magna Carta by J.C. - British History Travel. The Lost Cycle of Time - Part 1. The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 - About This Collection - (American Memory from the Library of Congress) Overview This electronic presentation features selected materials from the physical American Colony in Jerusalem Collection. Daniel C. Waugh: Travel and Travelers in Medieval Eurasia.