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But for every other country on earth, the #UnitedStates is the absolute worst country on earth.
We cherish #liberty but not enough to hang politicians for their every #encroachment on it.

(Remember, according to #ThomasJefferson (and all the natural rights philosophers who preceded him), the purpose of the government is to #securetheseliberties among men.)
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Sorry @ChuckGrassley, historian here, you are wrong on both counts: 1) you imply the 1918 flu "was" Spanish; 2) they + others did object. The influenza epidemic almost definitely originated in Kansas in early 1918; US & wartime gov'ts minimized risk/hid info on flu...
Neutral Spain, on the other hand, did not impose wartime strictures against media coverage of the ravages of the flu, they covered it closely when King Alfonso XIII became very sick, & the world followed, assuming Spain as an origin point -- "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe"
The Spanish sometimes called it "French flu"! In US & UK, calling it "Spanish Flu" in the epidemic's early stages was a political act. Spain was a neutral nation in #WWI, thought to sympathize with Germany. Using the term was a politico-racist way of not confronting the illness.
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History provides great insights about the importance of honest gov't communication, trust in local, state, & federal officials, information distribution, & most of all proactive efforts to get ahead of a public health emergency. Let's consider the 1918 influenza epidemic. Thread.
I will begin with two main insights from the 1918-1919 period: 1. Where there were cancellations & postponements of large events, gatherings, other activities, as well as efforts to take more precautions, including what we'd now call "SoCals distancing" worked to slow spread.
2. Most Western nations were involved in the war. They attempted to control information, minimize risks, hide real data about infection + mortality, & continued to push hyper-patriotic activities as part of broader war effort. Media was part of this too. Thus, citizens were...
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#SARSCoV2 #coronavirus #covid19

La aparición del #SARSCoV2 ha puesto de nuevo de actualidad pasadas pandemias de #gripe

Os hablaremos en un breve hilo de dos de ellas.

La Gripe Rusa de 1889-1890 y la Gripe Española de 1918-1920 y sus efectos en #Madrid y #España
#SARSCoV2 #influenza1889 #Russianflu

La #Gripe Rusa, pandemia ocurrida durante el invierno de 1889-1890, fue una de las más importantes del siglo XIX y es considerada la primera pandemia de gripe en un mundo interconectado.
Evolución mensual de la #pandemia de gripe de 1889-1890
#SARSCoV2 #influenza1889 #Russianflu

La gripe de 1889-90 se propagó por toda Europa en tan solo seis semanas y por todo el globo en seis meses algunas teorías apuntan a la influencia en su propagación de la amplia red de transporte ferroviario y marítimo existente en el momento.
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Stuff like this from historians is incredibly tiresome and only widens the gap between the ivory tower and consumers of history. Established historian @MichaelNeiberg should know better.
Audiences go to theaters to be entertained. #1917Movie accomplishes that. It also has some educational value. Its greatest value is exposing Americans to #WWI via film which hasnt been done in a while.
To enjoy 1917 and learn something from it audiences do not need greater context, they don't need to be wary of overused tropes, and they certainly don't need historians to come out of nowhere and condemn the entire movie.
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Damas y caballeros hoy hablamos del magnicidio de Sarajevo, que inició la #WWI. #Historia Hilo va ⬇ ⬇
El desencadenante de la crisis del verano de 1914 fue un intento de asesinato planeado y ejecutado de forma amateur, que tuvo éxito debido a las disposiciones de seguridad
defectuosas, pero el lugar y la fecha del evento tuvieron una gran importancia simbólica La visita del príncipe heredero y el inspector general de las provincias de Bosnia y Herzegovina debía consolidar el reclamo de la monarquía austrohúngara para gobernar esta región de crisis
que había sido anexionada en 1908. Sin embargo, la fecha elegida para la llegada a Sarajevo, el 28 de junio, marcó en el calendario gregoriano, el Día de San Vito, el aniversario de la Batalla de Kosovo en 1389, una derrota a manos de los otomanos que había adquirido una gran
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thinking out loud about #WWIll in the #nigerian #tech space.
It all started with the then big boys of #innovation
with #ridehailing services. #Uber came into Nigeria and we realized taxis were not enough. whether it was because it was a popular international service
or because it had a good PR for representing your class or status, truth is #uber really did solve a problem. instead of walking to parks or bus stops looking for a taxi, your ride comes to you.
You have the right to choose what ride comes to pick you up based on your pocket
let's not even talk about convenience, the good Air conditioning that these guys used to offer during rides (not certain anymore) or the fact that it gave people the ability to have multiple jobs/sources of income once you have a vehicle.
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It was a ploy to take over the oceans, in more ways than the criminal elite already have stolen

More on why, will be revealed in coming days #Disclosure
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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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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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