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Stories of the 'vomitorium' - an antechamber where gluttonous Roman emperors would make room for their next course - are a staple in junior history. Decadent Romans were certainly fond of gorging and chundering. But as two Australian academics explain, vomitoriums themselves may not have existed. #history #ancientrome #emperors #food #vomitoriums
Roman decadence reached its peak with the vomitorium: a room where feasting elites threw up to make room for more food. Or so the story goes ...
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Tonight, protestors are mobilising to make a statement at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. But as Joseph Cummins explains, the United States has a long history of turbulent inauguration ceremonies - from boycotts to dummy spits, from drunken vice-presidents to frozen canaries. #history #unitedstates #presidency #inaugurations
This one's just another in a long line of messy, chaotic American inaugural circuses.
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Some amazing photographs of female munitions workers in Britain during World War I. Thousands of women took to factory and manufacturing jobs during the war, building shells, ships, mines, tanks and other military necessities. #history #britain #worldwar1 #women
Women took over difficult and hazardous jobs to fuel the war effort.
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Aktion T4, the notorious Nazi scheme to purge German society of the disabled and mentally unwell, claimed at least 200,000 lives in the 1930s and early 1940s. Now a team of German researchers will catalogue the lives and fates of its victims. #history #germany #nazigermany #aktionT4 #euthanasia
Overlooked brain tissue slides prompt another look at “euthanasia” victims
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Russian liberals are planning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the February Revolution. Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, is likely to ignore or downplay it. Putin "reveres the Soviet Union, which he served as a KGB officer, but abhors the popular uprising that created it". #history #russia #russianrevolution #putin #centenaries
How to celebrate the centenary of the Russian revolutions of 1917? Modern Russians are deeply divided over the legacy of…
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Joseph Morewood Staniforth (1863-1921) was a Welsh cartoonist who was particularly prolific during World War One. Staniforth's sketches have recently been digitised and made available online. This article contains a selection of his work. #history #worldwar1 #staniforth #cartoons
Joseph Morewood Staniforth produced more than 1,300 cartoons (pictured) during the Great War. When he died in 1921, the Prime Minister called his drawings 'a great national service'.
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Meet William and Francis Buckland, the 19th century father and son who made it their life's mission to "eat every animal possible". Together the Bucklands consumed a large swathe of the animal kingdom, including snakes, panthers, moles and bluebottle flies. #history #bucklands #food #animals #19thcentury
William and Francis Buckland saw Noah's Ark as a dinner menu.
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In early modern England, 'turnspit dogs' were bred for one particular purpose: to keep kitchen rotisseries turning. Short-legged but constantly active, these dogs were highly prized and could fetch up to 30 pounds each. #history #animals #dogs #cooking #earlymodern
Turnspit dogs ran in a wheel to keep the spit meat spinning.
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This month marks 100 years since the discovery of the Zimmerman Telegram, the secret communique that brought the United States into World War I. Jennifer Mcdermott identifies parallels between this pivotal document and recent incidents of "hacking" and "fake news". #history #unitedstates #worldwar1 #zimmerman
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — In a secret telegram a century ago, Germany tried to get Mexico to join its side during World War I by offering it territory in the United States. Britain intercepted, deciphered and shared the "Zimmermann Telegram."
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Alois Brunner was an SS officer who helped Adolf Eichmann implement the Final Solution. Brunner became one of the few high profile Nazi war criminals to evade capture after World War II. A new report claims that Brunner died in prison in 2001, after spending years working for the Syrian government. #history #aloisbrunner #nazis #warcriminals #holocaust
A French magazine has said that Austrian-born SS commander Alois Brunner died in a squalid Damascus cellar in 2001. The final days of one of the most notorious Holocaust figures have remained an enigma for decades.
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It's difficult to think of 18th century society without imagining huge wigs, carefully coiffured and powdered to a gleaming shade of white. But these wigs were hand made, hard to come by and frightfully expensive. Aristocrats had to be constantly on the lookout for the much-feared "wig-snatcher". #history #wigs #fashion #crime #18thcentury
Thieves employed monkeys to rob the wealthy of their coiffures.
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Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' is back on German bestseller lists, 70 years after it was last published. The new edition, heavily annotated by scholars, has sold more than 85,000 copies since its 2016 release. The publication and sale of 'Mein Kampf' was banned by the German government immediately after World War II. #history #germany #nazigermany #hitler #meinkampf
Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf has become a bestseller in Germany again, 92 years after it was first published.
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Alpha History is a free online textbook and resource centre for history teachers and students. Alpha History spans 11 popular historical periods – from the American Revolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland – with more under construction. Each section contains hundreds of resources including topic summaries, documents, images, maps, timelines, biographies of significant individuals and historiographical information. Alpha History also contains a range of online activities, such as quizzes and crosswords. All content at Alpha History is written, reviewed and chosen by qualified teachers, writers and historians.