— From I Wish I’d Been There, Book Two edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb (via historyismyboyfriend)
Guessing Game Time!
"hte wurld wars only onvloved white ppl no poc"
Guess which one:
A) White supremacist trying to deny the sacrifices of POC who fought and/or died in service and/or civilians affected by fighting and wartime conditions in their homeland, whose contributions are often forgotten or ignored
B) Idiot Tumblr user who thinks that they’re really sticking it to Da Man
The niece of the great Mongol leader, Kubla Khan, Princess Khutulun was described by Marco Polo as the greatest warrior in Khan’s army. She told her uncle she would marry any man who could wrestle her and win. If they lost they had to give her 100 horses.
She died unmarried with 10,000 horses."
— (via Sandi Toksvig’s top 10 unsung heroines | Books | guardian.co.uk) (via hesmybrother-hesadopted, aubade) (via nevillegonnagiveuup) (via sallyjessyrofl) (via tothelibrary) (via demogorgons) (via penrose-stairs)
Susan Borda, The Creation of Anne Boleyn
Borda is writing about a specific fantastic episode in Boleyn’s life that has been repetitively asserted as truth, but I think the quote also has an application regarding history in general.
I wish people understood that the study of history isn’t an endless stream of “here’s the hidden truth” moments. It’s actually detective work in a very real sense. That is to say, it involves constantly asking yourself things like: what benefit does this person have to gain by lying to me? Who was writing this guy’s paycheck? What angle is the writer coming from? There are a lot of times when you do learn little facts that are interesting, but the research aspect is primarily figuring out why a long-dead bureaucrat is reaching through time to blow smoke up your ass.
Sometimes you may feel bad about yourself and your life choices, but gather ‘round, children, and I will tell you a story that will hopefully put things in perspective
Nedeljko Čabrinović was among the group of Black Hand assassins that planned to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. Unlike more his famous BFFL Gavrilo Princip, our homeboy Čabrinović was significantly less successful.
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First, he tried to kill Archduke Franz Ferdinand by throwing a bomb at Ferdinand’s car while it passed. Unfortunately, Čabrinović forgot about the 10-second delay, and ended up blowing up a car behind AFF, injuring the passengers and some bystanders.
Now of course Čabrinović’s knew he had to bounce, because even if you failed, you don’t do something like try to bomb and Archduke and not get the fuzz all up in your cheese. Now, of course, staying on the lam wasn’t really practical for him and wasn’t glorious and heroic, so Čabrinović was, like any good Black Hand Scout out to get his Serb Hero Merit Badge, prepared. No, he lived by the principle of “Live fast die young bad Serbs do it well” (even when they really don’t at all).
He swallowed some cyanide, fled, and tried to jump into the river Miljacka. So far so good, die of poison and fload down the river instead of winding up in the slammer. But this is Nedeljko Čabrinović, and as we’ve learned by now Nedeljko Čabrinović was a man whom fate decided deserved a dick in the ear.
The cyanide was expired, and only made him vomit. But hey, at least the river swept him away to martyrdom, right? No, because the River Miljacka was roughly 4 inches deep. The authorities found him in the river, hauled him out, and locked him up until his death by TB in 1916.
So remember, kids, if you ever feel like you’re a loser who makes poor life choices, just remember Nedeljko Čabrinović, who thought he would die a hero, but instead not only failed to kill his target, but also ended up sitting in a glorified mud puddle until the po-po arrived, puking like a frat boy after his 11th jäger bomb.