This week: a thousand years of European history in 3+ minutes; censoring Erasmus; the Alamo; images of New York; tragedy at the South Pole; controversy about the beginning of World War I; recovering a piece of World War II history; putting breast-feeding and presidential commencement addresses in historical perspective; and great ideas in film history.
• It’s not often that the words “European history” and “viral video” appear together in the same sentence, but this time-lapse map of European borders as they’ve changed since AD 1000 was all over the place last week.
• Censorship, 16th century style: crude and elegant attempts to blot out passages from Erasmus.
• You’ll never guess which celebrity happens to be one of the world’s leading collectors of Alamo artifacts…
• Now available online for U.S., New York, urban, immigration, and other history buffs: nearly 900,000 photos, movies, maps, and other media, going back to 1858, from the New York Municipal Archives.
• The tragic story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole.
• Conventional wisdom has it that the German Army’s attempt to quickly take Paris in 1914 followed something called the Schlieffen Plan; why a debate over the very existence of such a plan has raged for going on fifteen years…
• Found in the Sahara Desert: a perfectly preserved WWII fighter plane that’s being called the “aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun’s Tomb.”
• And 100 ideas that changed the course of film history.