India in World War 2

Srinath Raghavan in his New Delhi office. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Here’s another interesting book chuck I ran across this week on India’s involvement in World War 2 and its consequences for Indian liberation following the war in 1947. From The Hindu Times (bolded are interviewer questions):

The book is called India‚Äôs war. Yet, not […]

Great Leap Forward... Into the Abyss

Frank Dikotter. Photo by Nora Tran

I meant to post this the other day but Summer session finals have taken more time to grade than planned. Be that as it may… this is an interesting look at author Frank Dikotter — Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and author of […]

Rule Britainna!

I am surprised, and pleased, by the results of the British referendum to leave the EU. I think it’s the right decision, and can’t state my reasons any better than Daniel Hammond did in his recent speech, so I won’t try.

This is significant, very, very significant for a lot of reasons. I’ll make […]

Thursday Open Thread

World’s oldest surviving aerial photo. Boston in 1860 from 2,000 feet. H/t: Smithsonian Magazine

Wednesday Open Thread

Scene 23 from the Bayeux Tapestry: Harold swearing oath on holy relics to William, Duke of Normandy

On this date in 1825 the British Parliament officially ended feudalism.

From The Trailer Park - Anthropoid

A WWII thriller about Operation Anthropoid, wherein British and Czech resistance forces plotted to assassinate SS General Heydrich, one of Nazi Germany’s top leaders and the chief architect of the Holocaust.

Stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Gray), Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk), and Toby Jones (Captain America).

Pluses: […]

Thursday Open Thread

From The Trailer Park - The Last King

During Norway’s Civil War of 1206, a group of warriors fight to protect the heir to the throne. Directed by Nils Gaup (Shipwrecked).

I would actually recommend watching this trailer with the sound turned off, because the narration easily qualifies as the cheesiest trailer voiceover of the year. That quibble aside, this looks like […]

In Memory of June 6th, 1944

Thursday Open Thread

On this date in 1886 President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom — the only President to get ,married in the White House.