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What is History 11: World Economic History

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  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 4 May 2020  What is History 11: World Economic History to 1990 What is History: Richard Baldwin The Great Convergence 2016 Introduction I was planning to write the next Jared Diamond Guns, Germs and Steel articles following on from 9 Guns, Germs and Steel: Overview and 10 Polynesia A Natural Experiment of History and …

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What is History 10: Polynesia a Natural Experiment of History

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Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  23 January 2020  What is History 10: Polynesia a Natural Experiment of History — Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond Articles in the What is History? series are 1 Introduction 2 Sleep Patterns, 3 The Medieval Mind, 4 Love,  5  EH Carr Historians & their facts, 6  Religion 7 EH Carr Causation in History, 8 EH Carr History as Progress …

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Richard Evans Schultes & Rubber

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Featured: Wade Davis The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, 2004. Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 September 2019 Richard Evans Schultes & Rubber Introduction I met a young Swiss man about thirty in Pakistan in 1995. I’ll call him Marc. We shared a jeep with he and his girlfriend up the Kaghan Valley through the snow. …

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Wolves, Bears, Yellowstone

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Featured Image: Elk, Yellowstone National Park  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  11 July 2019 Some random reading, quotations and thoughts on wolves, bears and wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and the Western USA Introduction to Yellowstone National Park We embarked on a tour of Western USA National Parks. Something I had wanted to do for years. We departed from Bozeman, …

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What is history 8: EH Carr History as Progress

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 July 2018 What is History 8 by EH Carr: The next two Lectures or Chapters 5 and 6 History as Progress & The Widening Horizon Introduction In What is History: Sleep Patterns we found that what we view as normal wasn’t necessarily the same in other periods. Sleep patterns were quite different before …

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One Sentence

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Featured image: Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina, UK Film 2012    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 June 2018  One Sentence: a story about great sentences and great first sentences This article on one sentence may veer in an entirely different direction, or not! I don’t always want to be predictable. Journalists and newspapers often write articles on the first lines …

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What is history 7: EH Carr Causation in history

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 May 2018 What is History? by EH Carr: The next three Lectures (Chapters 2 to 4) Society & the individual; History, science & morality; Causation in history Introduction I covered Lecture 1 or Chapter 1 (pp 7-30) in What is History, quite comprehensively in What is History 5: Historians and their facts. This …

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The Second Coming WB Yeats

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Featured Image: WB Yeats, Poetry Foundation from Chicago History Museum    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  4 February 2018 The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats — a muse on literature Prologue Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death. Horseman, pass by! Epitaph on Yeats grave, Drumcliff, County Sligo When I was living in Derry, I stopped at Yeats’ grave …

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What is History 6: Religion

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  2 October 2017 What is History 6: The Development or Evolution of Religion Preamble Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens: A brief history of humankind Harper 2014 (first published in Hebrew in 2011). I feel guilty delving into Harari before embarking on Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel 1997 a much more profound book and one I have …

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Classic SciFi 10: Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  8 September 2017 Classic SciFi 10: Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic 1977 Preamble Vladimir Putin is sometimes treated as a bit of a joke in the West. This is a dangerous delusion, Putin has resurrected the oligarchy of the old Soviet Union. The uncontrolled Mafia and free market millionaires are gone. The Kremlin …

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Classic SciFi 9: Isaac Asimov I, Robot & Killer Robots

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     Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 April 2017 Isaac Asimov I, Robot & Killer Robots Today Introduction The killer robots come later. I bought two novels at Asia Books in Bangkok in late February and was offered, as part of a promotion, one book free from a remainder pile. I dithered between a beginners guide to Nietzche (not a Belgian — …

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Atoms, Bytes, Genes

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Featured image: Detail from Genetic Drift 1, Tony Stewart, July 2004    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  2 February 2017 Atoms, Bytes & Genes: Science in the 21st century Preamble I made a political statement about science in a recent article 1984 The Way We Were. We also needed someone in the 1990s and in the twenty-first century to remind us that …

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What is History 5: EH Carr Historians & their facts

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 January 2017 What is History ? by EH Carr, Chapter 1: Historians & their facts What is History? by EH Carr 1961 a compilation of the George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures delivered at The University of Cambridge in 1961. Introduction I’ve been sneaking up on the meat of this topic slowly but EH Carr and …