Saturday, April 23, 2005

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. This is an interesting book review. It examines this book by Geoffery C. Ward. It gives a good summary of Jack Johnson's life as well.

From the site:

In the later years of his life, Johnson found happiness with his third wife, Irene Pineau Johnson, and he remained in the limelight—watching the rise of future boxing champions like Max Schmeling and Joe Louis (whose stance Johnson said was all wrong) and participating in charity boxing “matches.” He died in a car accident in 1946 at the age of 68. At Johnson’s funeral, his widow, when asked what is was that she had loved about her husband, replied, “…his courage. He faced the world unafraid. There wasn’t anybody or anything he feared.”

Ward’s biography is an incredibly dense book; every chapter is rich with the details of Johnson’s life and, seemingly, all of his boxing matches. Uppercuts, hooks, and clinches are recreated for the reader from news stories, film reels, and Jack Johnson’s own written accounts.

This book will entertain passionate fans of pugilism, as well as appeal to those interested in American social or journalistic history. Wards includes both copious footnotes and a lengthy bibliography. An extensive index provides quick access to the multitude of boxers, managers, promoters, and public figures documented in the book.

Friday, April 22, 2005

History of France

History of France. This is an interesting (but uneven) overview to the history of the Eurpean nation of France.

From the site:

France was one of the earliest countries to progress from feudalism to the nation-state. Its monarchs surrounded themselves with capable ministers, and French armies were among the most innovative, disciplined, and professional of their day.

The treaty of Verdun (843) definitely established the partition of Charlemagne's empire into three independent kingdoms, and one of these was France. A great churchman, Hincmar, Archbishop of Rheims (806-82), was the deviser of the new arrangement. He strongly supported the kingship of Charles the Bald, under whose scepter he would have placed Lorraine also. To Hincmar, the dream of a united Christendom did not appear under the guise of an empire, however ideal, but under the concrete form of a number of unit States, each being a member of one mighty body, the great Republic of Christendom. He would replace the empire by a Europe of which France was one member. Under Charles the Fat (880-88) it looked for a moment as though Charlemagne's empire was about to come to life again; but the illusion was temporary, and in its stead were quickly formed seven kingdoms: France, Navarre, Provence, Burgundy beyond the Jura, Lorraine, Germany, and Italy. Feudalism was the seething-pot, and the imperial edifice was crumbling to dust.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World. This is a book review by Julie Lorenzen. It gives a summary of the chapters in this book by Arthur Herman. In the book, he focuses on how the Scots made great contributions to the Western World.

From the site:

The following paragraphs provide a brief summary of each chapter of Arthur Herman’s book, How the Scots Invented the Modern World. Herman makes good arguments in order to defend the books title. However, perhaps a more appropriate title would have been How the Scots Contributed to the Modern World.

The first chapter of How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman chronicled John Knox, a writer and strict evangelical preacher. According to Herman, Knox’s goal was to turn Scots into God’s chosen people and Scotland into the New Jerusalem. He wiped out Catholicism and embraced Calvinism. Scottish society enveloped these principles.

Chapter two was about the treaty of 1707 that made Scotland part of Great Britain. The main point was that although the Scots feared the worse for their country, their country ended up better off—especially since they had better access to England’s markets. The treaty seemed to be the springboard for the enlightenment.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Vatican History

Vatican History. With the death of Pope John Paul II and the rise of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican has been in the news a lot lately. This has included a look at the history of the Holy See and many of the traditions that are associated with the Papal Throne. Here are a few sites on the Web I think might be good starting points for researching the history of the Vatican.

History of Vatican City: Primary Documents - Online library and e-text archive of primary source material covering the Catholic Church and the Vatican. Includes transcriptions and translations of early church documents.

History of The Holy See (Vatican City State) - This is a brief overview from the History of Nations.

History of Vatican Archival Holdings - Information on this project at the University of Michigan including a description of how the Vatican archives records.

History of the Vatican City - This is an article from the user edited encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Holy See History - This is a short essay from Lonely Planet.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Bibliografía Mesoamericana

Bibliografía Mesoamericana. Provides 100,000 titles relating to ancient cultures of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador.

From the site:

In recent decades there has been a great increase in the scholarly production pertaining to Mesoamerica. For the period 1514-1960, Ignacio Bernal’s volume, "Bibliografía de Arqueología e Etnografía: Mesoamérica y Norte de México, 1514-1960" lists nearly 15,000 entries. Projections estimate that at least another 20,000 items have been published between 1960 and 1999. As there has not been a corresponding increase in the quality of bibliographic control over this literature, scholars and students have been left with the time-consuming task of searching a series of selective databases and printed bibliographies to maintain a current awareness of pertinent publishing.

The Bibliografía Mesoamericana, jointly supervised by John Weeks of the Museum Library of the University of Pennsylvania and Sandra Noble of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI), provides a comprehensive and continually updated bibliographic dataset of the published literature pertaining to the anthropology of Mesoamerica. Content includes archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, art history, linguistics, physical anthropology, and other related disciplines.

Monday, April 18, 2005

History of India

History of India. This is a good summary overview to the history of the Asian nation of India.

From the site:

The people of India have had a continuous civilization since 2500 B.C., when the inhabitants of the Indus River valley developed an urban culture based on commerce and sustained by agricultural trade. This civilization declined around 1500 B.C., probably due to ecological changes.

During the second millennium B.C., pastoral, Aryan-speaking tribes migrated from the northwest into the subcontinent. As they settled in the middle Ganges River valley, they adapted to antecedent cultures.

The political map of ancient and medieval India was made up of myriad kingdoms with fluctuating boundaries. In the 4th and 5th centuries A.D., northern India was unified under the Gupta Dynasty. During this period, known as India's Golden Age, Hindu culture and political administration reached new heights.

Sunday, April 17, 2005 New Zealand history site featuring over 40 multimedia exhibitions, a comprehensive annotated links section, a discussion forum and general information for the historical community.

From the site: aims to be your first port of call when you voyage the World Wide Web in search of information on New Zealand history.

As information on the Web proliferates, users need a reliable guide to sources and sites which may assist them in their research. Our focus is to link you with the information you seek, if it is available on the web, and to provide forums for discussion for those with similar interests in New Zealand history.

We also aim to gradually increase the content of the site with a gallery of on-line exhibitions and diversions based on information and resources from within the History Group.