We see articles about the bored sociopath Kanye West and his egotistical whore of a wife Kim Kardashian almost every single day. We see articles about Hillary Clinton’s “favorite emoticons” rather than her political platforms. We see articles concerning celebrities doing literally absolutely nothing instead of warfare and plague. We ignore the things that actually matter in favor of catching up on modern culture and media propaganda!
Archives for April 2016
Have you ever wondered about the colors you see on a day to day basis? Have you ever wondered what exactly about colors interest your mind to the point where you perceive objects with more color as intriguing? Have you ever wondered if your shade of red is the same shade as everyone else’s shade of red, or that perhaps the color spectrum might be flipped for everyone except for you? Have you wondered why those marketing advertisements work wonders on your subconscious?
The Great Wall of China, despite popular belief, is a series of fortifications rather than a single “great wall.” Expanding from the eastern stretch of Dandong to Lap Lake in the west, this wonder has gone down in history as perhaps one of the most recognizable and indistinguishable figures of humanity’s achievement and existence.
Puritan is a complex term, and was not meant as a compliment in this time period. Puritan refers to England’s most radical protestants, people who were upset with Queen Elizabeth for being too lenient towards Catholics. Although Queen Elizabeth had no love or respect for Catholics, as she saw them as a threat to her realm, she did embrace Catholic ways of thinking. This can be noted by the Church of England’s adoption of the 39 Articles of Religion. She allowed the church to regain catholic governmental structure, including bishops and aristocrats. And in 1559, The Book of Common Prayer, the Church of England’s book, used enough catholic language to make radical protestants, who loved their kingdom of England but loved their religion just a bit more, very uncomfortable.
Of all European nations, it would seem that England would be one of the countries most involved in attempting to colonize America. Their long history of dominance in Europe along with their strong navy and vast middle class filled with entrepreneurs and investors seems like a good backup for said argument. But, why isn’t England not interested in America yet? Well, lets back up a bit.
In the last post, we discussed Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, the fall of the Aztec and Inca Empires, and the terrible diseases that plagued the New World. However, now that this New World, the Americas, have been “discovered”, it’s about time that European societies get interested. Up until this point in time, Europeans saw these two continents as nothing but a burden, obstacles in the way to easy trading markets in China and India. To understand the colonization of America, we have to understand the colonial movements of some of the important European powers.
Anyone who has taken a United States History course knows that sometimes, well, most of the time, we eliminate and “forget” to write down the lows of American History. Not many high school text books discuss the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had made a decision to not to bomb railways used to transport prisoners to Auschwitz during World War 2, a controversial topic you can read more about here. But, there are five themes in United States history that can be seen in any high school or college history course.
For anyone interested in the Byzantine Empire or history in general, you should check out part one of my two part guest blog over at Robert Horvat’s The History of the Byzantine Empire! I was fortunate enough to write about this subject, one I’m fairly interested in myself. If these sorts of blogs interest you, follow Robert Horvat on Twitter @roberthorvat30 and subscribe to his websites!
With a fantastic plot, interesting development, and an honestly perfect, rather humorous ending that actually made me laugh, The Revelation of Herman Smiley is definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone interested in philosophy, religion, or humanities in general. And even if you’re not interested in any of those things, you’d be surprised at how much you’ll learn from this 167 page book.
Queen Elizabeth I is perhaps one of the most influential and well-recognized figures in all of history. As the ruler of England and Ireland from November 17th, 1558 until her death on March 24th, 1603, Elizabeth I oversaw a cultural movement which propelled flourishing literature and exploration. While history tends to focus on The Virgin Queen’s influence and political reign, her own name and status as an author tends to be left out of the limelight.