Historic Gigster - How the Harnessing of Fire Changed Early Humans and What We Can Learn from This

Forest fires, whether caused by lightening or a volcanic eruption, must initially have been a terrifying and calamitous event for early humans. However, what remained in its wake was sure to be a significant discovery. Among the devastation they found newly cooked food that was easier to find and collect, but also easier to eat: nuts were exposed, grains and roots were softened, and meat was tender.

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King Gustav and the Importance of the Winter Initiative

At the height of the Second Northern War of 1656-60, King Charles X Gustav was bogged down in Northern Europe against Sweden’s powerful Eastern neighbors: Germans, Poles, Russians and their allies. The campaign had been reduced to a guerilla war of attrition. It was slowly depleting the morale of his men and his leadership was in doubt. Then there was more bad news from the West. Seeing a chance to cast off the yoke of their powerful neighbor, the Danes took this opportunity to also declare open war on Sweden and join the alliance against Gustav.

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Darwin’s Theory Adjusted – History Occurs in Fits and Bursts and so Should Your Success

…Over time, the theory started to develop holes, huges ones, in the fossil record. Despite a renewed zeal to dig up fossils all around the world after Darwin’s book, there were huge periods of prehistoric time where no gradual evolutionary progression occurred. Faithful scientists who supported Darwin’s theory hypothesized that those fossils simply had not yet been discovered. Yet even this idea became more and more tenuous as so few fossils were discovered that supported the theory. Could Darwin’s theory have been inaccurate? Could these holes be evidence of God’s work?

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Banksy, Fushimiya and the Value of a Teacup

Eventually, to put an end to the drama, Fushimiya put the cup up for auction. As the auction proceeded, two bidders had a dispute over it and the cup was knocked off the auction table and shattered. The auction was cancelled, and Fushimiya took the broken pieces home. He carefully glued the cup back together, stored it in a safe place, and tried to forget about the whole experience.

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Rommel – Master of Efficiency and Resource Management

Erwin Rommel was not the inventor of the famous Blitzkrieg (lightening) style of warfare that was so successful in the conquest of much of Europe, but as commanding officer of tank and infantry divisions in both the Polish and French campaigns, he was a quick study. A good general learns not just from the past, but also adapts what is learned to the present situation.

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Khrushchev, Belfort and the NYT Anonymous Op-Ed

Khrushchev proposed to change course for Russia. He strongly criticized Stalin’s crimes, naming the names of well-known people who had been victims of the purges. This came as a surprise to many of the party members present – there was tension and consternation in the hall. At one point, a heckler in the audience yelled out: “You were one of Stalin's colleagues. Why didn't you stop him?” Khrushchev looked up and yelled back: “WHO SAID THAT?”

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Hannibal & Alexander - Students of History First


Let me start by offering some Hollywood-style blood & guts arguments to make the case for studying history. Learning about Hannibal and Alexander is like a non-stop action movie. These two spent the majority of their lives fighting, warmongering, and viciously killing folks. Oh yes, there are healthy doses of human sacrifices, hacking & slashing on the battlefield, executions, and pretty much the most spine chilling acts to read about in their stories….

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