Some fun links from around the web:
- Behind the scenes photos from Ghostbusters to mark its 30th anniversary. I’m calling this a historical link because reasons (Bill Murray).
- Interesting read. Were ancient or modern soldiers more likely to die?
- “There is a huge underground ocean that could explain the origin of seas”.
- Archaeologists have discovered that Britain’s longest road may have actually been in use up to 10,000 years ago.
- And finally, on a happy note; herpes may have infected humans even before they were considered human.
Weekly Historical Book Review
Five Cities that Rules the World by Douglas Wilson
This book provides an interesting look at five cities which have, a different point of time, been the most influential cities in the world; Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York. As it’s not a particularly long read, the history and characteristics of each of the cities are not delved into in any great amount of detail. Instead, the focus is on the global climate and atmosphere during the rise and prominence of each of these great cities as well as the impact they had on the rest of the world during their own time and the influence they had on the world that came after.
As previously mentioned, this is not a particularly long book and, as such, it doesn’t go into a huge amount of detail on any of the five cities. However, it is an excellent (and non-intimidating) introduction to the stories of five of the most important cities in world history and one which could be an excellent jump-off point for further reading.