Tuesday, January 24, 2006

History Chats, Questions & Timelines

Berkeley's Conversations With History televisions series contains interviews with dozens of distinguished educators, politicians and writers. Their extensive streaming video archives contain discussions with such figures as Robert S. McNamara, Howard Zinn and Oliver Stone. Also check out two interesting interviews with Sir Brian Urquhart, the man who pretty much invented the concept of UN peace keepers (For more interviews with Sir Brian Urquhart and other UN greats, visit the UN Oral History Collection).

Here are three history timeline pages.
Timelines of History has an extraordinarily detailed sequential breakdown of basically every major event that has occurred on planet earth. The companion site, timelinesdb.com permits even more search options, such as the ability to create parallel timelines. For example, you can trace the history of economics alongside the history of the environment from 1900-2006.

Hyper History Online is a Discovery Channel endorsed history information database that can be viewed by people, history, event, and maps. Hyper History also sell the famous world history wall chart.

In addition to great detailed text, Fsmitha contains tons of great maps for tons of times and places in history. To see all maps, go here.

If you haven't seen Edge's "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?", be sure to check it out. It's been mentioned all over the place and is worth this hype. Lots of very interesting propositions.

Some samples:

The evidence that tribal peoples often damage their environments and make war

The world may fundamentally be inexplicable

When will the Internet become aware of itself?

The hyper-Islamicist critique of the West as a decadent force that is already on a downhill course might be true


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