WWI Overview

Here’s a great video that summarizes WWI from Ferdinand’s assassination all the way to the end.

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Barbara Demick Lecture

Here is a lecture Barbara Demick gave at BYU’s Kennedy Center. Just a note: there’s some buzzing in the PA system at the lecture site. It is not your computer.

Chinatown

Here’s some more on the history of Chinatowns, their necessity, and their place in society now.

PBS: Chinatown Resource Guide 

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce: The History of Chinatown/Visitor’s Guide (PDF)

HuffingtonPost: How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns

Chinatownology: Chinatowns of the World

Mother Nature Network: 10 Best Chinatowns in the US

History of Chinese Immigration

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Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

If you want to learn more about the history of Chinese immigration to America, check out these sources:

Migration Policy Institute: Chinese Immigrants in the United States

Department of State, Office of the Historian: Chinese Immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Acts

PBS, History Detectives: The Life of Chinese Immigrant

National Women’s History Museum: Chinese American Woman: A History of Resilience and Resistance

Golden Venture: Chinese Immigration to the US

University of California: Pictures of 20th Century Immigration

Iran and Islam

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This post is about explaining Iran’s special place in the Islamic world. Here are some great articles on Khomeini-ism, the conflict been different religious branches, and Iran’s evolving views on theocracy and populism with an Islamic framework.

U.S. Institute of Peace – The Iran Primer: Iran and Islam

Places of Peace and Power – Shi’a Islam

Council on Foreign Relations – Religion and Politics in Iran

Stratfor – In Iran, Political Change At a Measured Pace

Al-Jazeera – Iran’s Election Campaigns

Pew Research – Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire (world)

New York Times – Cautiously, Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties Long Suppressed

 

 

 

A Timeline of Iran’s History

Many of you will remember Jimmy Carter/Ronald Reagan’s Iran Hostage crisis  but might not know much about Iran’s before or after that crisis. Here are some helpful timelines that encompass Iran’s ancient history to it’s modern history. Here is a great analysis of Iran-U.S. relations from Congressional Quarterly.

 

Hooman Majd Interview

Here is an interview between NPR’s Dave Davies and Hooman Majd about The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay. You can either read the transcript or listen to the interview. The interview itself is around 33 minutes and worth the listen if you have the time.

The Next Book: The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay

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August’s book will be The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay by Hooman Majd. As always you can get copies at our Circulation Desk on the first floor. The discussion will be August 29th.

Elizabethan Clothing

While Ian Mortimer does an excellent job describing life in Elizabethan England, I thought that maybe some pictures would help for those of us who haven’t seen accurate Elizabethan dress before.

Here is one website walking through the steps of putting on an upper-class Elizabethan dress: http://www.elizabethancostume.net/overview.html 

What colors mean in Elizabethan commoners clothing: http://www.elizabethancostume.net/lowerclass/lcolors.html 

This is a Prezi presentation on Elizabethan dress (keep clicking the right arrow under the picture): https://prezi.com/9kl25x5fdafs/elizabethan-clothing-for-the-rich-vs-the-poor/ 

 

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