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UIS.Stat enables users to search for and extract data from across UIS’s many databases.
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2 hours ago by garrettc
Archiveteam
How to back up and archive all the things
history  tools  web  backup  dataset  archive  downloader  blog  blogging 
2 hours ago by agius
【林忌书评】《丝路、游牧民与唐帝国》
然而要理性讨论上述问题最困难的,正由于民族主义对窜改历史以至对大家的洗脑,都是非常彻底的;每一次要讨论这些问题,必须先提醒大家一个最基本的历史事实︰民族主义,即要建立以民族为本位的国家,其实是来自唐朝灭亡近千年后的法国大革命;在此之前,只有皇朝,没有国家;因此异族作为君主,从来都不是甚么问题;因此唐朝来自拓拔家的帝国,不会影响其作为「中国地区」的皇帝的身份问题,但更不能因此把「唐朝」就当成是中国这个民族国家,两者的错误,其实是相同的。

举例说,英国今日的皇室,在一次大战才「本土化」改名为温莎皇朝,而摆脱本身出自德意志诸候萨克森—科堡(Saxe-Coburg),以至较早前的汉诺威(Hannover);再早之前,奠定之后英格兰一千年历史的征服者威廉(1066),在登陆时的爵位,正是法兰西的诺曼第公爵,因此异族入主一个帝国或王国,取得该国的王位,其王室本身并不是重点,原因就是当年根本没有民族主义;出问题的,其实是后代受到民族主义洗脑式的影响,如把狮心王查理视为「英国民族英雄」,或把唐太宗李世民视为「中国民族英雄」,这才是最大的问题。
history  tang  china  nation  state 
4 hours ago by aries1988
Catapult | Writing Letters to Mao | Jennifer S. Cheng
All writers in some way compose love letters to their obsessions. A letter can be a document of deep ambivalences, contradictions, and silences, submerged in the complexities of shared and unshared histories. Or: a longing to locate two disparate points in an expanse of sky.
writing  china  asian  asianamerncan  memory  immigration  history  power 
7 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
Postcards from the Apocalypse
Dr. Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe), inspired by Afro-futurists, coined the term Indigenous Futurisms. Indigenous Futurisms is a term meant to encourage Native, First Nations, and other Indigenous authors and creators to speak back to the colonial tropes of science fiction—those that celebrate the rugged individual, the conquest of foreign worlds, the taming of the final frontier. Indigenous Futurism asks us to reject these colonial ideas and instead re-imagine space, both outer and inner, from another perspective. One that makes room for stories that celebrate relationship and connection to community, coexistence, and sharing of land and technology, the honoring of caretakers and protectors.

Indigenous Futurism also advocates for the sovereign. It dares to let Indigenous creators define themselves and their world not just as speaking back to colonialism, but as existing in their own right. That is not to say that the past is ignored, but rather that it is folded into the present, which is folded into the future—a philosophical wormhole that renders the very definitions of time and space fluid in the imagination.
history  scifi 
9 hours ago by tomshen
Criteria for definition of overweight in transition: background and recommendations for the United States | The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Oxford Academic
How WHO helped the BMI not only become the standard for defining obesity, but also got the numbers lowered -- which created a sudden obesity epidemic.
fat  science  bmi  history 
10 hours ago by moose
“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”
«“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.»
date-math  calendars  rome  classics  latin  math  history  mastodon 
11 hours ago by brennen

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