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Frobisher [Nov. 17th, 2007|01:39 am]
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I am writing a thesis about first expeditions to Canadian North and first observations of the Inuit. Have you ever read George Best. If yes, I am just curious, what do you think about him and his study, and entirely about Frobisher expedition to Baffin Island. Just your impression, may be something you remember, something that caught your attention.
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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2007|10:19 pm]
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Does anyone know where I could find information on Mussolini's policies in Italy's African colonies? The Wikipedia article mentions settlers in Libya, but I've never heard anything related to this before. The article doesn't have a list of references, either. Actually, I haven't found many resources (print or otherwise) on Italy's colonies. Of course, it's totally possible that Italy did not invest in or develop its colonies since it was relatively poor at the time (similar to Portugal), and that there's just less written on the topic.
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myanmar money from myanmarmike.com [May. 21st, 2007|10:07 am]
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Please welcome the one and only – kyat, the official Myanmar currency. I heard about pia coins but actually never saw them alive. I suppose it’s a hundred of cooper pia coins for one Burmese buck. Consequently no one gonna bring them into play whilst one sleazy green American fellow been sold for thousand kyats at least.

The history of kyat is a gloomy and hesitant as all the modern Myanmar history. Burma’s first legal tender was the Indian silver rupee until April 1937, when firstly the Burmese rupee was issued and was widely used till 1952 with the exception of WWII period, when Malayan military dollars were exploited.

On July 1, 1952, the Union Bank of Burma substituted the Burma Currency Board and the Burmese kyat was launched. Since 1952 endless demonetizations took place gather with numerous controversial economic disorders. The contemporary Myanmar kyat was set up in 1989, when aged notes knock down into neglect due to inflation and economical drop of the physical currency itself.

Check the prices to get a feel for modern kyat.

The cost of a cup of tea on a roadside shop is about 150 kyats, while a bowl of mohinga, a habitual Myanmar dish prepared of fish gravy and rice noodles is 150 kyats.

Myanmar currency is an eccentric piece of paper. Passing the border and get this sweeties barely for free. You be able to contract them easily even by caloric border staff, they gonna offer you any deal on the planet, just ask… “… wanna Kalashnikov? Amphetamines? Ooooo, Burmese money, sir…. I see, here we go … and what about lady? Cheap!”

These guys they glance like the wild dream of every Russian anarchist, chewing some smelly red shit, half-naked, drunk or high on meth.

Well, what can I say? Great country, great impressions!

Almost forgot - welcome to my community, hang around and get pleasures, mess around with forum, I should finish the bustard soon.

by Myanmar Mike

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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2007|11:47 am]
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Mods, please delete if this is inappropriate.

A new community on history of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas is now up and running. All are welcome to post and discuss indigenous history through critical thinking and decernment.

Join ndnz_hx for more information.
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Happy Birthday Ghana [Mar. 6th, 2007|10:07 pm]
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Today, March 5th, is the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Ghana, created from the British colonies of Gold coast and British Togoland (formerly German) in West Africa. Ghana was the first of the Sub-Saharan colonies to gain its independence from its former colonizers. Ghana's independence provided a catalyst for African independence over the next two decades.

Ghana has a long history, that stretches back to around 500 CE when the Kingdom of Ghana was founded and Europeans in the form of the Portuguese first made contact in in 1470. This marks the beginning of Ghana's colonial period as Portuguese, British and the Dutch squabbled with each other over controlling the West African slave trade. However, it was not until 1874, when Britain turned Ghana into a formal crown colony called the Gold Coast. It was not until 1902 that the British finally quashed resistance from the Ashanti federations. The British would later gain neighbouring German Togoland at the end of the First World War. With the end of the Second World War, Great Britain with United Nations help began the process that would lead to Ghanaian independence.

Ghana's troubles after independence provided a template of what would and still does plague Africa. Going from hopeful democracy to a military dicatorship through a CIA sponsored coup, then wracked by another series of coups in the late 70s and early 80s, Ghana spent most of its post independence under oppressive dictatorships, particularly that of Jerry Rawlings. During that time Ghana's economy hit rock bottom as the people starved and the period is known as "Rawlings Necklace" for the way that starving Ghanaians' collarbones became visible.

Once again, Ghana is enjoying democracy, having had free elections since 1996. The country is stable and the economy is growing steadily with low inflation, but most Ghanaians are still very poor. Things are hopeful though for Ghana, as it struggles for a higher quality of living for its people. Ghana's struggles are Africa's struggles, and perhaps Ghana's victories can be Africa's too.

This year will prove to be a fairly busy year for colonial independence celebrations, as it is India's 60th anniversary of independence in August.
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2007|02:12 am]
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Hey everyone. Long time, no post. Would anyone be interested in creating a picture icon (or icons?) for this group? It'd be greatly appreciated!
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Responsibility? [Jan. 25th, 2007|06:59 pm]
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Do Colonial Historians have more social responsibility than other historical researchers?  

Should we always be working and researching with the ultimate aim of benefiting the groups that we study?  

Or is Colonial history simply about uncovering facts and displaying them as objectively as possible so that people can make their own judgements?  What if people use those facts and deductions to further their own cause (whether it be harmful or beneficial to the studied group)?

 I'm rather on the fence about it all.  Morality tells me that Colonial Historians are half anthropologiest, and as such always need to work with their subjects in mind.  But on the other hand, always working to benefit the colonized rather restricts research.  A lot of what historians deduct about colonization is pretty irrelevant to the people themselves, but tells us a lot about the Colonizers.  Or maybe it's a useles, but still interesting and revealing.   

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(no subject) [Jan. 19th, 2007|10:56 am]
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I suppose I went a little overboard in changing the member posting access, so, now, if you're a member, you can post entries without having to get them approved by me. Membership is still moderated, however.
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2007|05:20 am]
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A question to get things moving again:
Who/what do you think was the most interesting anti-colonial leader/movement and why?
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Changes [Jan. 6th, 2007|06:49 pm]
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I've changed a few things within this group (Hence, the title..). It's now a moderated community, so you have to be approved by me to post. Your posts also have to be approved by me. I've changed the community's posting access because certain people (or, really, just one) refuse to observe the community guidelines. Posting a few pictures, a little text, and/or some irrelevant video clips isn't going to cut it. The other 20-something people in the group have done nothing wrong.

Also, revengeofcleve has been (permanently) removed from this community, and so have his shitty, inane posts.
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