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What is History 11: World Economic History

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  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 4 May 2020  What is History 11: World Economic History to 1990 What is History: Richard Baldwin The Great Convergence 2016 Introduction I was planning to write the next Jared Diamond Guns, Germs and Steel articles following on from 9 Guns, Germs and Steel: Overview and 10 Polynesia A Natural Experiment of History and …

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What is History 10: Polynesia a Natural Experiment of History

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Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  23 January 2020  What is History 10: Polynesia a Natural Experiment of History — Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond Articles in the What is History? series are 1 Introduction 2 Sleep Patterns, 3 The Medieval Mind, 4 Love,  5  EH Carr Historians & their facts, 6  Religion 7 EH Carr Causation in History, 8 EH Carr History as Progress …

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Sensual Words

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Featured Image: Goya La Maja Desnuda 1797-1800, Oil on Canvas, 97 x 190 cm, Prado, Madrid  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 December 2019 Sensual Words in English A Thought Experiment The idea came on me suddenly. I thought of words as visual entities and wondered what a beautiful word would look like. From that it was a small leap to …

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The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe

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Featured Image: WC Piguenit Flood in the Darling 1890, Oil on Canvas, 1895, 123 x 199 cm  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 November 2019 The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe Don’t sugarcoat it like that, Kid. Tell her straight. (Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, 1969) It is long past time for sugarcoating. We should be sick of the obfuscation and …

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Richard Evans Schultes & Rubber

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Featured: Wade Davis The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, 2004. Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 September 2019 Richard Evans Schultes & Rubber Introduction I met a young Swiss man about thirty in Pakistan in 1995. I’ll call him Marc. We shared a jeep with he and his girlfriend up the Kaghan Valley through the snow. …

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Understanding the Banking Royal Commission, Australia

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 Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  6 April 2019 Understanding the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, February 2019. Understanding Corporate Misconduct in General Other articles on the malaise impacting Australia are Cry Me a River by Margaret Simons a 2020 update on the Murray-Darling Catastrophe and The Coal Curse by Judith Brett. 1 Background …

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Case Study of Q Research

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Case Study of Q Research, a Marketing Research Company    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  3 August 2018 Q Research: Portrait of a small Strategic Marketing Research Company Preamble This is a portrait of a small business I started and ran for eight years from 1988 to 1995. It was a small strategic marketing research company that offered something quite …

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What is history 8: EH Carr History as Progress

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 July 2018 What is History 8 by EH Carr: The next two Lectures or Chapters 5 and 6 History as Progress & The Widening Horizon Introduction In What is History: Sleep Patterns we found that what we view as normal wasn’t necessarily the same in other periods. Sleep patterns were quite different before …

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One Sentence

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Featured image: Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina, UK Film 2012    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 June 2018  One Sentence: a story about great sentences and great first sentences This article on one sentence may veer in an entirely different direction, or not! I don’t always want to be predictable. Journalists and newspapers often write articles on the first lines …

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What is history 7: EH Carr Causation in history

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 May 2018 What is History? by EH Carr: The next three Lectures (Chapters 2 to 4) Society & the individual; History, science & morality; Causation in history 1 Introduction I covered Lecture 1 or Chapter 1 (pp 7-30) in What is History, quite comprehensively in What is History 5: Historians and their facts. …

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The Second Coming WB Yeats

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Featured Image: WB Yeats, Poetry Foundation from Chicago History Museum    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  4 February 2018 The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats — a muse on literature Prologue Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death. Horseman, pass by! Epitaph on Yeats grave, Drumcliff, County Sligo When I was living in Derry, I stopped at Yeats’ grave …

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The Humble Percent & Food Labels

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  24 November 2017 The Humble Percentage and Food Labels Introduction Percent or (percentage) used to be spelled per cent (and sometimes still is). It comes from the latin per centum meaning by the hundred. What percent means is changing any list of numbers that add up to an irregular total into a modified list that …

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What is History 6: Religion

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  2 October 2017 What is History 6: The Development or Evolution of Religion Preamble Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens: A brief history of humankind Harper 2014 (first published in Hebrew in 2011). I feel guilty delving into Harari before embarking on Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel 1997 a much more profound book and one I have …