Fiorina, her history degree, and the war against ISIS; sexual violence in the Civil War; reenacting slave rebellion; Spielberg’s “Cold War history porn”

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Will Fiorina’s history degree help her direct a war against ISIS? She seems to think so. She will get ripped apart for this by the media and critics (and it is a pretty silly statement) but I am glad that she feels that history is useful for understanding the present. We’ll have to forgive her misuse of the word “literally,” though.

Meanwhile, ISIS continues its assault on history by destroying the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra. In reaction, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization claims that the act demonstrates that ISIS is afraid of history because “understanding the past undermines and delegitimizes the pretexts they use to justify these crimes and exposes them as expressions of pure hatred and ignorance.” Perhaps Fiorina would have been better served to have said something more like that.

A wealthy woman like Fiorina probably helps to skew these numbers a bit, but a new study reveals that history graduates make more money than those that majored in other humanities.

Have we not done enough to discuss the amount of sexual violence directed at women during the Civil War? This blog post by Annika Jensen for the Gettysburg Compiler effectively raises the issue.

You know, I have never understood why some people feel the need to reenact Civil War battles. They were tragic episodes of unimaginable horror, death and destruction. How would we feel about a reenactment of 9/11, for instance? So I wonder how Civil War reenactors would feel about this guy’s idea to reenact a slave rebellion? I say if we do Civil War battles, we might as well go for it, and let’s do Turner’s Rebellion next.

How good is Spielberg’s new historical epic? This dude says it is so good that it amounts to “pure Cold War history porn.” Whatever that means.

And for today’s Halloween season posting: how about a brief history of women using poison to murder their lovers?

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