Weekly Web Links:
- The British Museum’s blog has a new post covering their recent research on the Begram ivories. Although, I think the potentially more interesting aspect of these artifacts is what has been happening to them in more modern times.
- I love historical ‘accounts’ – from Australia in 1960, may I present to you the Chicken Ghost of Highgate.
- For all of those fairy tale lovers out there; a discussion on the global impact of the legacies of the brothers Grimm.
- A wonderful look at the importance of being remembered and the efforts made throughout history to ‘erase’ those who were thought to be unworthy.
- Near and dear to my heart as a girl with truly horrific vision – the history of the spectacle.
Historical Book Review for the Week:
A Left Handed History of the World by Ed Wright
If anyone ever needed proof as to why it’s always a great idea to buy gifts for people that you yourself wouldn’t mind having if the situation arises – I bought this book for my dad as a Christmas gift probably almost 10 years ago (seeing as he’s a left-handed history buff) but he never ended up reading it. Sooo…it comes to me!
Through what is essentially a collection of case studies, ‘A Left Handed History of the World’ examines the fact that, despite only around 10% of the world being left handed, an unexpectedly large percentage of the most influential people in history have been lefties including 16% of the presidents of the Unites States
While the case studies themselves are interesting, and cover everyone from Julius Caesar Michelangelo to Newton to Beethoven to Jimmy Hendrix to Bill Gates, it is the descriptions of how lefties have been treated at various times and by various cultures throughout history that was the most intriguing to me. On the flip side, the discussion of various left-handed traits and the differences between left-handed and right-handed people felt more like generalizations and stereotypes disguised as given facts.
All-in-all; it’s an interesting and unique historical examination but it feels a bit rough around the edges at times, like it could have done with a few more goes around the editing room.