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I was totally delighted when the @V_and_A announced an exhibition on bags. For reasons #materialculture types in particular know, in the last two years I have been fascinated with #shopping bags and #knitting bags:…
My former employer, @michiganstateu Museum, has a lovely collection of nearly 300 "designer" paper #shopping bags dating back to the famous @Bloomingdales bags of the 1960s. Here's a wonderful post about Bloomingdale's bags from @cooperhewitt:…
Also at MSUM care earlier textile shopping bags made by women. The history of the #shopping bag has been one told mostly by manufacturers and mostly by historians of technology and business, both based on invention of machines to manufacture paper bags.
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1|Good evening! My name is Barbara and I am a PhD student in Austria. In the following tweets I will tell you more about the British memory discourse on #WWI in current television period dramas. First, I start with some information about the previous discourse. #LegaciesFWW2019
2|Before, it has to be noted that in modern, complex societies the collective memory is influenced and changed through media. Media representations never (!) show reality, just media constructions of reality that are influenced by many factors. #LegaciesFWW2019
3|Previous media products (e.g. novels, memoirs, movies) are especially important, because narratives are always part of a bigger network of already existing stories. The Battle of the Somme (1916) was the first popular propaganda film about #WWI in GB. (pic. PD) #LegaciesFWW2019 The picture shows a still from the black-and-white film The Battle of the Somme, first aired in 1916. It is set in France in 1916. An exhausted British soldier is looking directly into the camera and is carrying a seriously wounded comrade on his back. The cameraman is looking from above at the soldier, who is walking in a trench. Other comrades are walking behind him in the extremely narrow trench.
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#TalDíaComoHoy 1922 nace Christopher Lee, actor, músico y militar inglés. Su vida es una de las más completas y vamos a intentar resumirla en este hilo.
Christopher era hijo del teniente coronel Geoffrey Trollope Lee, condecorado en la Guerra de los Bóeres y en la #WWI y de la condesa Estelle Mari Carandini di Sarzano, perteneciente a una de las familias más antiguas de Europa y se cree que relacionada con Carlomagno
Tras la separación de sus padres, su madre se casó con el banquero Harcourt Rose, tío de Ian Fleming, creador de James Bond.
Con 17 años viajó por Europa, y fue testigo de la ejecución de Eugen Weidmann, último ejecutado con público en Francia.
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Betty Ann Lussier was a fiercely independent, hardworking woman w/a craving for excitement & a compassion for humanitarian issues.

She was one of a few female pilots in #WWII.

She was also an #OSS counterintel officer.

Betty’s father, Emile John Lussier, was a decorated #WWI fighter pilot w/British @RoyalAirForce.

She inherited his love of flying & joined Civilian Pilot Training Program @UofMaryland & worked nights building B-26 bombers.

At 20 years old, Betty was determined to fight in #WWII
1942: Betty joined British Air Transport Auxiliary, 1st female pilots to officially ferry planes in wartime

Betty wanted to see combat. Her godfather Sir William Stephenson [] was friends w/Gen Donovan & helped her get a new gig w/#OSS

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The menōrah is a characteristic symbol of #Judaism. The six-branched lamp stand with a seventh central lamp was reportedly already present when the Israelites crossed into Samaria (#Canaan) and pitched their tabernacle tent in the town of Shiloh during the late 2nd millennium BC.
The #Hebrew name menōrah is related to the word נור (nōr), meaning light, made feminine (by means of the post-fixed ה) and prefixed with the particle מ, which denotes a noun of place. It literally means lamps-stand and is closely connected to the #Arabic word منار (manār).
In Exodus 25:31-32, God reveals the design of the menōrah to Moses: "Make a lamp stand of pure gold. (...) Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lamp stand; three on one side and three on the other." It was to light the tabernacle tent and the Temple of Jerusalem.
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Thanks to @myHNN for reposting my @anxious_bench post on how podcasts help historians speak to a larger public. Of course, the problem with recommending just 5 podcasts is that you leave many more off the list. So let's keep going with a short thread...
Caveat audiens: I’ve listened to some but not all of these. So I’ll quote a bit of self-description from each podcast and then a link. Hopefully others will jump on and extend this list of podcasting historians.
1. @BackStoryRadio, “a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into our past.” (There's that past-present theme again.) Hosts include everyone’s favorite Hamilton scholar and Congressional violence expert, @jbf1755.
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Today is the 145th #birthday of great #Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929). He wrote both brilliant poetry and prose. He was a #monarchist and staunch supporter of the legendary Austro-Hungarian Empire; the outcome of #WWI was a blow to him.
..The poem of Hofmannsthal's reproduced below is one of his both earliest and most famous. It was first published in Dec. 1892 in Vol. 2 of #StefanGeorge's journal when Hofmannsthal was 18 years old, under a #pseudonym(which allowed him to hide his tender age).
I'll translate..
.. the poem (in #prose, without any attempt at recreating #rhyme or #rhythm).
There is a lyrical #adaptation of the poem, published while von Hofmannsthal still alive, in
Charles Wharton Stork: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘰 𝘷𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘧𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘭.
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@ari_antoine @maitepagaza Claro, x eso se ensalza #NAZIonalismo #Razista #Supremacista #Egoista #Excluyente fundamentado en la DIFERENCIA con el VECINO y en producir TENSIONES y CONFLICTOS incluso BÉLICOS como en #Balkanes o #Ukrania o el q venimos padeciendo #ETA y a punto reventar en #España VERDAD?
@ari_antoine @maitepagaza Por eso quiénes están detrás son justamente #Rusia #China

#ISISRsEl y #USA verdad?
XQ quieren q seamos más fuertes contra ellos, no?

Claro.x eso nos empujan a #GuerraCivil y #Balkanizacion para estar tan UNIDOS como #ExYugoslavia o #Ukrania

Sois vendidos #Elite #NWO #Dugin
@ari_antoine @maitepagaza Vamos a ver sí te enteras un poquito, o mejor, a ver sí dejas de intentar engañar

#Salvini CERDO #Sionista #NazBol aliado d #Putin y #Trump pertenece al Club #Ambrossiano el pequeño #Bilderberg ITALIANO y es habitual d las fiestas/recepciones #Rothschild trabaja #Destruir #UE
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¿Creéis que guerras como la Primera Guerra Mundial pueden haber ayudado en la búsqueda de la cura contra cáncer? Para averiguarlo os voy a hablar del gas mostaza y el origen de la quimioterapia.
#WWI100 #WWIcentenary #WWI #GuerraMundial
Ahora vamos a viajar hasta la Primera Guerra Mundial, julio 1917, Ypres (Bélgica): los soldados detectan una extraña nube de gas en su posición. En las siguientes 24 horas les salen quemaduras, ampollas y algunos tosen sangre. Es el inicio de la guerra química.
Una de las características de la Primera Guerra Mundial es que por primera vez se usó a gran escala armas químicas que en forma de gas herían a las tropas enemigas. De allí lo popular que se volvieron esas máscaras que llevaban los soldados.
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I am a specialist in 18th-19th Cy European history, but I once spent a summer doing research on the First World War. Here in honor of #WWI100 are some of the horrible things I learned:
First, some numbers: in #WWI an average of 900 French and 1300 German soldiers died EVERY DAY. At the end, 20,000,000 (twenty million) soldiers were disabled. 2/n
Western Front was 475 miles long, but it is estimated that 25,000 miles of trenches snaked along it. #WWI was a boon to the barbed-wire industry. Before 1914, British Army annually used 2500 shovels. During it? 2,500,000
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The history of the 92d Division in #WWI is worth delving into. It's story is a critical part of the black military experience in the war and why this legacy matters.
1/ The 92d division was one of two all-black combat divisions to fight in the war (the other the was the 93rd division, made up mostly of black national guardsmen). It's insignia was the buffalo in honor of the famed “buffalo soldiers” of the Regular Army.
2/ It is important to emphasize that the army did not want black combat soldiers. From the beginning they were seen as a "problem." Black soldiers in the Regular Army were not sent to France. As for black draftees, the War Dept. hoped to use them exclusively as laborers.
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African American soldiers have served in every war in the United States. In choosing to join the military, African Americans sought to have their service understood by the nation as a demand for liberty and citizenship. We honor your sacrifice. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
African American men and women who engaged in the military made their service useful not only for the good of their country, but to benefit both their personal lives and their community. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 African Americans served in the Colonial Forces; an estimated 20,000 served with the British Forces. Prince Simbo was a Revolutionary War Patriot who fought for his country's liberty, while many remained enslaved. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
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The #WorldWar1 Armistice signing was enthusiastically celebrated in China, too - with street rallies, a military parade, and even a new commemorative gate. It might have been the "European War" 歐戰, but for many Chinese it held promise of redress for colonial invasion.
"The World Will Be Made Safe For Democracy"
"為世界造和平“ Creating Peace for the World
”世界大同“ Great Global Unity
are some of the signs held aloft in November 1918 in Beijing.
#WorldWar1 #WWI100 #Armistice
(A year later of course, students will be on the streets of Beijing again - protesting the concessions given to Japan after #WWI at the great expense of Chinese sovereignty.)

November 1919 Tiananmen student demonstration
From the Sidney Gamble collection at @DukeLibraries
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Nov. 11 is the 100th anniversary of #WWI's end. As US troops were only directly involved for ~1 year, it pales in comparison to WWII in the American psyche. But WWI was a massive conflict that altered everything & set the stage for WWII. Here's some stuff worth reading/watching:
Sometimes, the total black and white and silent nature of so much WWI footage makes it seem incredible foreign to us. So check out "World War One In Color," which came out around the time of the 75th anniversary of the conflict. It's all on YouTube.
For reading, a good place to start is "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. It has its historical criticisms, but it remains one of the best works on the outbreak of the conflict. It was a book that influenced JFK's thinking in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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1) Most of #history is a total lie, designed by people wanting to infer meaning of historical events in a modern context, as a means to elicit a response from you which suits their needs.

This is a story about the #rothschilds from the early 20th century.

#QAnon #GreatAwakening
2) Even within this tweetstorm are probably a lot of missing nuances. Do tell your stories.

I will start after #WWI and the Treaty of Versailles. It never made sense. Why divide #Germany in these pieces and leave it's people impoverished? Isn't this a recipe for resentment?
3) Why did the #Germans, even though a foreign boot never shot a boot on their soil, make overtures of peace to end the #war, while they were poised to win?

Their objectives were met.

Why was the #USA brought into WWI? Why were large payments sent to #communist #Russia? #QAnon
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