In the immediate aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 attempts to loot and damage the Iraq National Museum occurred despite somewhat limited US efforts to protect the museum from overwhelming chaos in Baghdad. In April of 2003 between 10-15,000 items were stolen, including items up to 5,000 years old. It is all […]Read more "National Iraq Museum reopens 12 years on"
The first six printed editions of the Bible and copies of Shakespeare’s first four folios are among a trove of rare books that have been bequeathed to Princeton University. William Scheide, a philanthropist who died in November, donated more than 2,500 rare books to his alma mater. The gift – valued at $300m (£194m) – is the […]Read more "Shakespeare folios part of huge gift to Princeton University"
The Canadian War Museum is hosting its annual International Speakers Series on Feb. 26, 2015 featuring academic events to mark the centenary of the First World War. The events, presented in a variety of formats, will provide an opportunity to hear and witness leading academics and experts in the field of WWI history, and learn about […]Read more "Canadian War Museum WWI International Speakers Series 2015"
“On the evening of February 13 the catastrophe overtook Dresden: the bombs fell, the houses collapsed, the phosphorus flowed, the burning beams crashed…” – Viktor Klemperer, diary 1945 It is ironic that a German city would come to symbolize a war of such brutality and inhumanity. Dresden was an architectural and cultural prize representing a […]Read more "The Bombing of Dresden in February of 1945"
Westerners often consider Russia through the prism of the Soviet Union and the Second World War. But we must look further back if we wish to understand the modern nation’s fears, aims and motivations. Russia almost didn’t survive the beginning of the 17th century. Convulsed by civil wars, peasant uprisings, foreign invasions, mass famine and […]Read more "Russia: Forever a Time of Troubles"
Bursting with information and often incredibly beautiful – maps do more than just showing you where you are, or where you might be going. The recently published Times History of the World in Maps features documents from ancient civilizations, through the medieval period, to some of the key events of the 20th Century. Click here for […]Read more "Maps that shaped the world"
Two handsome, virile naked men riding triumphantly on ferocious panthers will be unveiled as, probably, the only surviving bronze sculptures by the Renaissance giant Michelangelo. In art history terms, the attribution is sensational. Academics in Cambridge will suggest that a pair of mysterious metre-high sculptures known as the Rothschild Bronzes are by the master himself, […]Read more "Michelangelo’s bronze panther-riders revealed after ‘Renaissance whodunnit’"