Today's World & History from OSU's Origins

Today's World & History from OSU's Origins

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New History Talk podcast: "The Terrors of Suicide Bombing"

Many consider suicide bombing an exclusively recent or even novel phenomenon, carried out by crazed individuals that defy all reason. But is this actually the case? When and why did suicide bombing begin? Are there similarities among Russian anarchists of the nineteenth century, kamikaze pilots, and today’s suicide bombers? How can the history inform policy decisions to try and prevent such acts? Join your hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy who interview guests Corbin Williamson, Jonathan Romaneski, and Jeffrey Lewis as they tackle these and other tough questions on the terrors of suicide bombing.

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Clampdown and Blowback: How State Repression Has Radicalized Islamist Groups in Egypt

With the landslide election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the presidency, the pendulum of Egyptian politics has once again taken a dramatic swing. A former military man and Defense Minister, al-Sisi helped orchestrate the coup against his predecessor—President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Almost immediately, al-Sisi began a severe crackdown on the Brotherhood and other Islamic organizations. As historian Elizabeth Perego details, however, this is not the first time that the Egyptian state has launched a campaign to suppress the Brotherhood. And, as she reminds us, the result of these campaigns has usually been further to radicalize the Islamists.

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"Negro assault troops await orders D-day to attack enemy shortly after they had come ashore at Saipan in the Marianas.", 06/1944
From the series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1927 - 1981

The Battle of Saipan began seventy years ago on June 15, 1944, with combined U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army forces making amphibious landings against the entrenched Japanese forces on the Pacific island (only days after the Normandy Landings on D-Day).

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"Negro assault troops await orders D-day to attack enemy shortly after they had come ashore at Saipan in the Marianas.", 06/1944

From the series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1927 - 1981

The Battle of Saipan began seventy years ago on June 15, 1944, with combined U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army forces making amphibious landings against the entrenched Japanese forces on the Pacific island (only days after the Normandy Landings on D-Day).

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June 2014: Remembering Tiananmen: The View from Hong Kong | Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

In between memory and forgetting, there is commemoration. Twenty-five years ago this month, a protest in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square ended in tragedy. As historical event, the contours of the Tiananmen student movement have long since entered textbooks in the West.

The story goes something like this….

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6/6/2014: Top Ten Origins: D-Day 70 Years Ago | Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

The Normandy Invasion (June 6, 1944) was the supreme joint effort of the Western Allies in Europe in World War II and remains today one of the best known campaigns of the war.

Code named Operation Overlord, it was a battle marked by its courage, meticulous planning and logistics, and audacious amphibious approach. It was also in many ways inevitable. Following Germany’s conquest of France in 1940 and declaration of war on the United States in 1941, a confrontation somewhere on the shores of Northern Europe became a waiting game, with only the date and location left to be answered.

On D-Day, over 125,000 British, American, and Canadian soldiers supported by more than five thousand ships and thirteen thousand aircraft landed in Normandy on five separate beaches in order to carve out a sixty-mile wide bridgehead. This foothold would be the launching point from which the liberation of France and Western Europe would proceed. Opposed by German units in strong defensive positions, the Allies suffered more than twelve thousand casualties on the first day of the invasion.

This year we mark the 70th Anniversary of Overlord. To commemorate the battle, Origins offers ten of the most important things to know about the invasion.

Click to read the entire article with excellent pictures…

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"It Will Be the Longest Day": Remembering D-Day

Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy by Allied troops on D-Day, began the liberation of France and turned the tide of the war in Europe, writes Jonathan Morton in this engaging article on D-Day. As British and French governments host large-scale commemorations of this event, we look back from a world which has yet to learn the lessons of the war it vowed never to forget.

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