Weekend Reading

Posted on March 31, 2012 by

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W.A. Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

• The history of a commonplace obscene gesture turns out to go back approximately 2000 years.

• A year from Monday construction will start on a unique project in southwestern Germany: a monastery town built entirely using 9th century methods and materials. The History Blog explains: “That means masons carving stone blocks by hand while blacksmiths forge and sharpen their tools, and it also means no raincoats, authentic period foods cooked as they were 1200 years ago to sustain workers and visitors alike, and teams of oxen carting materials to the work site instead of trucks.”

• Our blog of the month ends March strong, with a post on the great German financial meltdown of 1621-1623. What, you’ve never heard of the Kipper- und Wipperzeit?

• Just when you think they’ve found everything: a new Mozart sonata turns up in someone’s attic!

• Could a Confederate plot to seize California in 1861 have changed the course of American history?

Why treaties matter in Native American history and culture.

• The challenge of recording the stories of WWII veterans, now dying off at the rate of nearly 5,000 per week.

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