Weekend Reading

Posted on July 21, 2012 by

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This week: the Armenian genocide; Prohibition; the Olympics; Viking archeology; and the “least credible history book in print.”

• On the eve of the Summer Olympics, an ancient historian explains “how sports unites us with our past.” (And if you’re a teacher, here are some suggestions on how to explore the history of the modern Olympic games.)

• Found by Danish archeologists: the largest Viking city in Scandinavia, thought by some to be legendary.

Bailyn, Atlantic History• The great Atlantic historian Bernard Bailyn introduces his field and five major books from it (two written or edited by him). (H/T John Fea)

• How the Civil War did and didn’t open the public sphere to American women.

• The winner and runner-up in a contest to determine “The Least Credible History Book in Print” couldn’t be further apart, politically.

• Praise for a new novel set during the Armenian Genocide that started in 1915. And a leading Turkish revisionist historian of that event editorialized against his government’s continuing denial of it.

• Check out clips from The Daughter of Dawn, a silent feature film made with a cast consisting solely of Comanche and Kiowa Indians. Once thought to be lost, a copy turned up a few years ago, was restored, and just had its first screening since 1920.

• A 20th century social historian reviews Ken Burns’ Prohibition.

• New York’s Museum of Modern Art proclaims the 20th century the “Century of the Child,” in a new exhibition.

• An in-depth account of the mass killings that took place in Norway a year ago Sunday.

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