History Around the Web, What We've Been Reading

Here we review Modern History which has appeared in headlines, articles, essays, reviews and galleries around the internet in the past few weeks. Be sure to let us know about anything interesting you've read!


The Balkan Wars: 100 Years Later, a History of Violence. The Balkan Wars, which began on Oct. 8, 1912, are considered minor footnotes in 20th century history. But they mean so much more. (Sofia News Agency)

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The last remains of the empire: Spain continues to hold on to isolated islets and crags with no strategic value off the coast of North African to ward off greater demands by Morocco. (El Pais)

Was 9/11 a Historical Turning Point? Sept. 11th stands alone as an event, and we should resist the easy path to lump it together with the disasters of the past. (New York Times)

Colonised and coloniser, empire's poison infects us all: Ideas that underpinned Britain's imperial project led not only to torture in Kenya, but war and catastrophe in Europe. (The Guardian)

Declassified: The son of a Red Army intelligence officer sent to die in a Siberian gulag discovers his father's KGB file, and a cottage industry of children-of-spies memoirs. (Foreign Policy)

Eight Lessons for the Presidential Debates. What are the key dos and don'ts the candidates should remember when campaigning for the White House? (The Smithsonian)

The 10 Greatest Nurses of World War I. Chances are that you've never heard the names of any of the ten nurses on this list. But they all have stories of devotion and sacrifice, and they all deserve to be remembered. (Neatorama)

Clothing: Where and Wear: The history of the tuxedo, and other garments named after historic people or places. (History Today)

The Myth That Screwed Up 50 Years of U.S. Foreign Policy: It's time to set the record straight about John F. Kennedy's handling of the Cuban missile crisis. (Foreign Policy)