"When we conjure up the past we run the risk
of reawakening old nightmares of being overwhelmed with
horror. Conjuring the future is even more treacherous, because
to attempt to envision the future we must resort to what is
known, to the past, and if the past is nearly unbearable, how
much more to look ahead and see only nightmares staring back
at us. Then again, considering the dire present, imagining that
we have any future at all has got to be accounted a
cause for celebration."-
"Those who fail
to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
"History, despite its wrenching
pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not
be lived again."
tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
"Wherever men, woman
or children are persecuted because of their race, religion or
political views, that place must, at that moment, become the
center of the universe."
"For the last
two million years humans have succeeded in obtaining more food
and extracting more resources on which to sustain increasing
numbers of people and increasingly complex and technologically
advanced societies. But have they been any more successful
than the [Easter
Island] islanders in finding a way of life that does not
fatally deplete the resources that are available to them and
irreversibly damage their life support system?"
Green History of the World: The
Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations," by
Clive Ponting; See also:
Easter Island's End, By Jared Diamond, in Discover Magazine,
centuries, the natives built enigmatic stone heads in tribute to
dead chiefs. Such ancestor worship helped ward off trouble, they
believed, and grew their clans’ prestige, but transporting the
stones and erecting them used up lots of logs, adding to the
decline of forests. This caused a shortage of wood for building
boats and a shortage of trees for birds to nest in, and so the
seafood and fowl that provided sustenance began disappearing
from their diets. Soon this once proud and accomplished
civilization turned to eating rats, even to cannibalism, the
word about Easter Island and other calamitous feedback loops,"
by Don Williams, Opednews 12/20/2008
Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us, Chris Hedges,
"“Are the events of
three hundred years ago on a small remote island of any
significance to the world at large?” Bahn and Flenley ask. “We
believe they are. We consider that Easter Island was a microcosm
which provides a model for the whole planet. Like the Earth,
Easter Island was an isolated system. The people there believed
that they were the only survivors on Earth, all other land
having sunk beneath the sea. They carried out for us the
experiment of permitting unrestricted population growth,
profligate use of resources, destruction of the environment and
boundless confidence in their religion to take care of the
future. The result was an ecological disaster leading to a
population crash. A crash on a similar scale (60 percent of the
population) for the planet Earth would lead to the deaths of
about 1.8 billion people, roughly 100 times the death toll of
the Second World War. Do we have to repeat the experiment on
this grand scale? Do we have to be as cynical as Henry Ford and
say ‘History is bunk’? Would it not be more sensible to learn
the lesson of Easter Island history, and apply it to the Earth
Island on which we live?""
Continuing, Chris writes: "Human beings seem cursed to repeat
these cycles of exploitation and collapse. And the greater the
extent of the deterioration the less they are able to comprehend
what is happening around them. The Earth is littered with the
physical remains of human folly and human hubris. We seem
condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies
toward extinction, although this moment appears be the
denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that
began some 5,000 years ago. There is nothing left on the planet
to seize. We are now spending down the last remnants of our
natural capital, including our forests, fossil fuel, air and
This time when we go down
it will be global. There are no new lands to pillage, no new
peoples to exploit. Technology, which has obliterated the
constraints of time and space, has turned our global village
into a global death trap. The fate of Easter Island will be writ
large across the broad expanse of planet Earth."
Possibly the Taoist hermit
Daoling - a man of action and great power-
immortal-shown in a household shrine; Zhejiang province,
late 19th century
The uniting of Heaven and Earth (Yin
and Yang, Tiger and Dragon). All that is in the universe is
in man- all that is in man is in the universe. All are
connected and facets of the same underlying reality.
Reverence, love, honor and peace.
It is possible to
experience oneness on higher energetic planes- but to
experience it on this plane brings one to the merging of
heaven and earth- where as a man one becomes the connecting
link. To know this intellectually and to experience this are
two different things.
National Congress Archive
of Historical Documents
Asian Studies Network
Canadian Museum of
Houses more than 3.75 million artifacts
spanning the disciplines of history,
archaeology, folk culture, ethnology,
postal communications & various other
areas of heritage study.
Lesbian and Gay History
Promotes the study of homosexuality in the
past & present by facilitating communication
among scholars in a variety of disciplines
working on a variety of cultures.
for Digital Collections
Mission is to explore the use of emerging
technologies to expand access to cultural
& scientific sources & to support the use
of these resources on campus & globally
through the development & management
of distinctive digital collections.
Rare Book, Manuscript,
and Special Collections Library
Personal narratives & other first-hand
sources for historical study.
Strives to provide a general overview
of the First World War.
Genocide: Resources for Teaching
Einstein Archive Online
Online access to Albert Einstein’s
scientific and non-scientific manuscripts
held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to
an extensive Archival Database.
The Government of Tibet in Exile
Collection of the history sites.
History at USD
The History Net
Compilation of history resources on
topics such as the Middle East Conflict,
Afghanistan, India & Pakistan,
European history, etc.
H-Net: Humanities Online
Interactive exhibits, games & lessons.
Index of Native American History
Resources on the Internet
for Advanced Technology
in the Humanities |
Institute of Latin American Studies
The Internet Archive
‘Internet library’ offering permanent
access for researchers, historians,
& scholars to historical collections
that exist in digital format.
History Sourcebooks Project
Collections of historical texts for educational use.
Publisher of news & analysis of events
in the former Soviet Union.
Journal for Multimedia History
Latin World - Latin America on
Eighty manuscripts & cuttings from the
collections of eleven Philadelphia-area
"Gathering place for people interested
in the enduring legacies of the many
violent traumas of the 20th century.
Dedicated to exploring issues of
remembrance in different cultures, in
order to better understand the contemporary
significance of historical tragedy."
Library of Congress Portals
Malaspina Great Books
Aims to amplify the voices of those
disadvantaged by poverty, gender,
lack of education & other inequalities.
Collecting & disseminating oral testimonies
allows the least vocal and least powerful
members of society to speak for
themselves, rather than through
outsiders or "experts."
Endowment for the
Grant-making agency of the United
States government dedicated to supporting
research, education, preservation, &
public programs in the humanities.
York Public Library Picture
Select group of images from The New
York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan
Library, Picture Collection. The Picture Collection
has met the needs of New York's large
community of artists, illustrators, designers,
teachers, students, & general researchers.
Covering over 12,000 subjects, it is an
extensive circulating collection & reference
Dedicated to making the history & beauty
of rare original works available to libraries &
their patrons worldwide.
Institute & Archives
Houses large research library on Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, & Transgendered heritage
with a History: An Online
Pesents the history of lesbians, gay men,
bisexuals and transgendered people. It
includes hundreds of original texts, discussions
& addresses LGBT history in all periods,&
in all regions of the world.
Joan of Arc | Saint
Joan of Arc
of Peace & Power
The Sacred Site Pilgrimage of Martin
Proceedings of the Old Bailey
London 1674 to 1834
A searchable online edition of the largest
body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite
people ever published, containing accounts
of over 100,000 criminal trials held at
London's central criminal court.
Survey & near permanent archive
of 1,000 languages.
Production, distribution, & instructional center
for all forms of "aural" history. Mission is to
provide teachers, students, researchers & the
general public with as broad and outstanding
a collection of audio documentaries, speeches,
debates, oral histories, conference sessions,
commentaries, archival audio sources, &
other aural history resources as is available
and Reconciliation Commission
The South African Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (TRC) was set up by the
Government of National Unity to help deal
with what happened under apartheid. The
conflict during this period resulted in violence &
human rights abuses from all sides. No
section of society escaped these abuses.
University of Virginia
Internet-accessible collection of SGML
texts & images and user communities
adept at the creation and use of
University of Virginia Geostat
Access to extensive collections of
numeric & geospatial data files;
computing facilities & software for
data manipulation, research, &
instruction; and a suite of Internet-
accessible data extraction tools.
Genocide Documentation Centre
Resources on genocide, war crimes
& mass killing.
"This site is dedicated to the workhouse
- its buildings, its inmates, its staff &
administrators, and even its poets..."
they build these colossals, the Cathedrals?
It was to deposit, in safety, they believed the imperceptible egg, that seed which
requires so much care; Taste, that atom of pure blood which the centuries have transmitted
to us, and which, in our turn, we should transmit."- AUGUSTE
RODIN : The Cathedrals of France, from:
Medical Experiments- Unwitting Human Guinea Pigs
a Massachusetts school, seventy-three disabled children were
spoon fed radioactive isotopes along with their morning
oatmeal....In an upstate New York hospital, an
eighteen-year-old woman, believing she was being treated for a
pituitary disorder, was injected with plutonium by Manhattan
Project doctors....At a Tennessee prenatal clinic, 829
pregnant women were served "vitamin cocktails"--in
truth, drinks containing radioactive iron--as part of their
prenatal treatment..." -From Dell Publishing,
publisher of "The
Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in
the Cold War," by Eileen Welsome
State will admit sterilization past
"...Oregon was one of 33 states
to pass sterilization laws in the first quarter of the
20th century. The laws were based on eugenics, the
pseudo-scientific movement that sought to solve social
problems by preventing the "unfit" from having
children. Nazi Germany eventually would use eugenics
laws in the United States to legally justify its own
programs that would sterilize and eventually kill
millions. But Oregon was remarkable in that its
laws were initially used to punish people having
homosexual sex; that the state for years favored
castration over vasectomies, and that the Legislature
did not abolish the Board of Eugenics until October,
1983. Until reforms in 1967, sterilization often was
used as a condition of release from state institutions
or to punish people who acted out. But evidence of
what occurred was scanty. Medical records detailing
the surgeries are confidential. And the records of the
Board of Eugenics, the small state board that ordered
the procedures, and its successor, the Board of Social
Protection, were lost or destroyed.-
Julie Sullivan, Portland Oregonian, 11/15/2002
"Senejem and his Wife Receiving a
Libation from their Son"
Dead Sea Scrolls
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
An introduction to ancient world cultures.
Internet Classics Archive
Resource for news, information, images,
folklore & weblinks on the ancient
sites across the UK & Ireland.
"The Origin Map: Discovery of a
Prehistoric, Megalithic, Astrophysical
Map and Sculpture of the Universe,"
by Thomas G. Brophy
The Perseus Project
Online guide about European megalithic
sites & other ancient monuments.
Oz's Kingdom of History
of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology
Graham Hancock Web Site"
Copyright © 1999 Santha Faiia
Centre for Computer-aided Egyptological
Access to texts about and images of
1,375 papyri from ancient Egypt.
Giza Plateau Mapping Project
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient
Pyramid of Giza Research Association
Non-traditional research concerning
the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Tehuti Research Foundation
History & Classical Studies
Classical Myth-the Ancient
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Notes and Supplements
The Greek World of Mary
"The phoenix is a sacred bird
from ancient Greek, Egyptian and Arabian mythology that lived in Arabia and was a servant
of the sun god of ancient Egypt. The phoenix is described as a heron in Egypt, but is
usually depicted as a peacock or eagle like bird with red and gold plumage. Only one
phoenix can exist at any one time. Every 500 or 1461 years, when it feels its time is
coming, the phoenix builds a nest to be used as a funeral pyre. The old phoenix is then
consumed in flames and burned to ashes. A new phoenix then rises from the funeral pyre.
This process is said to symbolize the rising and setting of the sun. After embalming the
ashes of it's predecessor in an egg of myrrh it would then fly with it to the City of the
Sun and place it on the alter of the sun god..." - From:
"The Legend of the Phoenix"
The Gnosis Archive
Illustrated History of the
"Palace" of Diocletian at Split
The Six Enneads
Archive of more than 30,000 images
illustrating California's history & culture.
History Online |
California Historical Society
California History Project
of Servitude-The Pribilof Aleuts
Native American Lore Index
Their Will- North Carolina's
Advocates for the disabled are asking
President Bush to apologize on behalf
of the nation for programs operated by
North Carolina & 32 other states that
sterilized as many as 65,000 people before
ending in the 1980s. "The federal government
had to know something about it if 33 states
were doing this," said Keith Kessler of Dale City
Va., who sent a letter to Bush this week of
behalf of the Disabled Action Committee, an
advocacy group that publishes a national
Civil War Collections
American Highway Project
Images of architecture & cultural
landscapes situated along the highways
of the U.S.
Multimedia collections of digitized historical
documents, photographs, recorded sound,
moving pictures, and text from the Library of
Congress's Americana collections.
American Notes: Travels in America,
253 published narratives by Americans &
foreign visitors recounting their travels in
the colonies and the United States &
their observations and opinions about
American peoples, places, & society
from about 1750 to 1920.
Recordings of American speeches, sermons,
debates, interviews, etc.
American Studies at the University of Virginia
West Photography Collection
Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Documents in law, history and diplomacy.
T. Washington Papers
Exhibition of 1876
Chicago Historical Society
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
Web site for exploring & exchanging ideas
about early American history & culture.
CSPAN American Writers II
Explores American history through
the lives & works of selected twentieth
century American writers who have
influenced the course of our nation &
looks at what their works mean to
Civil War Portal
Documenting the American
Collection of sources on Southern
history, literature & culture from the
colonial period through the first decades
of the 20th century.
D. Roosevelt Library, Museum,
and Digital Archives
Politics Out Loud
Searchable multimedia database
documenting & delivering authoritative audio
relevant to American history & politics.
The History of John Crow
Educator's site that presents teachers
with new historical resources & teaching
ideas on one of the most shameful periods
in American history, an era of segregation,
lynching, & disfranchisement of African
Americans that tore at the very fabric
of the nation.
State Historical Society
Mission is to educate through the
identification, preservation, & interpretation
of Idaho's cultural heritage.
Image Archive on the American
"We now invite you to experience the
unfiltered story of American eugenics –
primarily through materials from the
Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring
Harbor, which was the center of American
eugenics research from 1910-1940. In the
Archive you will see numerous reports,
articles, charts, and pedigrees that were
considered scientific "facts" in their day.
It is important to remind yourself that the
vast majority of eugenics work has been
completely discredited. In the final analysis,
the eugenic description of human life reflected
political & social prejudices, rather than
John Adams, a biography
by David McCullough
Virtual museum designed to display
examples of the cultural & artistic history
of working people & to celebrate the trade
union movement's contributions to that history.
Last Wave from Port Chicago
Result of 20 years of investigative work
into the 7/17/44 explosion Port Chicago
Naval Magazine & its connections with
Los Alamos and the Manhattan project.
Purpose is to educate people of all ages
about the injustices committed during the
Japanese American internment during
World War II.
Labor: Images of Vanished
Selection of photographs excerpted
from a collection of company histories,
pamphlets, & technical brochures
documenting America's business &
corporate industrial history.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hunter Folk Song Collection
Administration | Exhibit
New Deal Network
100 milestone documents of American history.
The Papers of
A People's History of the United States:
1492-Present by Howard Zinn
"Known for its lively, clear prose as well as
its scholarly research. A People's History of
the United States is the only volume to tell
America's story from the point of view of --
and in the words of -- America's women,
factory workers, African Americans, Native
Americans, working poor, & immigrant laborers."
-From the Publisher
Devoted to life of Philo Farnsworth
inventor of the current system of television
transmission & reception.
Religious Freedom Page
Concerned with issues of religious
freedom in the U.S. & around the world.
Salem Witch Trials
Smithsonian Institution & the Library of Congress
collection of historical recordings of America's
spoken word and music
Covers the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee from its birth in 1960 to 1966,
when John Lewis was replaced by Stokely
Carmichael as chairman. Explore such
events as sit-ins, the Freedom Rides &
Jefferson Digital Archive
States Civil War Center
Valley of the Shadow Project
Takes two communities, one Northern & one
Southern, through the experience of the
American Civil War.
Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project is motivated
by a desire to honor our nation's war
veterans for their service and to collect
their stories and experiences while they
are still among us. It documents the
contributions of civilian volunteers, support
staff, and war industry workers as well as
the experiences of military personnel from
all ranks and all branches of service.
by Doug Long
"We probably could have ended the war
sooner with fewer deaths on all sides by using
the full carrot and stick: 1) offer retention of
the Emperor for a quick surrender; and
2) threaten Russian invasion and 3) atomic
destruction as the alternative. None of these
key incentives to surrender were used prior
to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima." -