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[AH] Seven #alternatehistory r/imaginarymaps maps: Vinland, Mali, Korea, Poland, Balkans …

  • This r/imaginarymaps map traces a slow diffusion of Christianity westwards from a Vinland colony.
  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a transatlantic empire based in Africa, with the late 15th century Mali Empire extending its rule to Brazil and elsewhere.
  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a Joseon Korea that becomes the seat of a transpacific empire.
  • What if, this r/imaginarymaps map imagines, instead of turning east to Lithuania Poland turned west towards Czechia?
  • What if, this r/imaginarymaps map imagines, the Balkans retained a substantially larger Muslim population?
  • This r/imaginarymaps map imagines a Greater Denmark, expanding east and south.
  • Could Scotland ever have become, as this r/imaginarymaps map imagines, a maritime mercantile power?

[AH] Five #alternatehistory maps from r/imaginarymaps: Vinland, Finns, Caribbean, Bulgaria, Benelux

  • This r/imaginarymaps creation maps the stages of an Norse expansion into North America, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence up the St. Lawrence River.
  • A “Finnic Confederation” dominating the eastern Baltic, including not only Finland and Estonia but Ingria and even the lands of the Veps is, subject of this r/imaginarymaps map. How would you get this? Extended Swedish or Nordic hegemony, perhaps?
  • This r/imaginarymaps creation is, I think, overoptimistic in depicting the ability of an independent Confederacy to expand into the Caribbean basin. It certainly would have been checked by rivals.
  • Part of a larger alternate history scenario featuring a German victory in the First World War, this r/imaginarymaps map imagines a Greater Bulgaria that has taken territory from most of its neighbours.
  • Though you might disagree with the details of this scenario, this map of a United Netherlands bringing together the Dutch with he Flemish is evocative. How could this have happened?

[NEWS] Five science links: Vikings vs Anglo Saxons, Spanish flu, medicine, flowers & farms, psych

  • Science Nordic notes that, in terms of their genetic imprint on indigenous populations, the Vikings had much less of an impact on Anglo-Saxon England than the Anglo-Saxons did on Celtic Britain.
  • Slate considers why the Spanish flu of 1918 has generally fallen out of popular memory, despite its massive impact at the time.
  • This David Dobbs article at WIRED looks at how the medical miracle of hand transplantation surgery turned out to be more fraught than many had imagined.
  • Can strips of wildflowers planted across fields, by restoring natural environments and pest control methods, help modern agriculture? The Guardian reports.
  • Daniel Hruschka at The Conversation notes that psychological studies which recruit overwhelmingly from subjects in the high-income world do not reflect human nature very well.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • Architectuul looks at some examples of endangered architecture in the world, in London and Pristina and elsewhere.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait examines a bizarre feature on the Moon’s Lacus Felicitatus.
  • The Big Picture shares photos exploring the experience of one American, Marie Cajuste, navigating the health care system as she sought cancer treatment.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at a new proposal for an interstellar craft making use of neutral particle beam-driven sails.
  • Ingrid Robeyns at Crooked Timber writes about the question of what individual responsibility people today should take for carbon emissions.
  • The Crux takes a look at what the earliest (surviving) texts say about the invention of writing.
  • D-Brief notes an interesting proposal to re-use Christmas trees after they are tossed out.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that India has approved funding for crewed spaceflight in 2022, in the Gaganyaan program.
  • Andrew LePage at Drew Ex Machina takes a look at the Apollo 8 mission.
  • Far Outliers looks at the experiences of British consuls in isolated Kashgar, in what is now Xinjiang.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing argues that it can take time to properly see things, that speed can undermine understanding.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how people with depression use language, opting to use absolute words more often than the norm.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how the Bolsonario government in Brazil has set to attacking indigenous people.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper arguing that Greek life in the colleges of the United States, the fraternity system, has a negative impact on the grades of participants.
  • George Hutchinson writes at the NYR Daily about how race, of subjects and of the other, complicates readings of Louisiana-born author Jean Toomey and his novel Cane, about life on sugar cane plantations in that state.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on his Christmas reading, including a new history of Scandinavia in the Viking age told from their perspective.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers the Milky Way Galaxy in its formative years. What did it look like?
  • Strange Company highlights its top 10 posts over the past year.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders at reports the Uniate Catholics of Ukraine are seeking a closer alliance with the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
  • Arnold Zwicky reports on the nearly iconic and ubiquitous phalluses of Bhutan, as revealed by a trip by Anthony Bourdain.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Vancouver, Ribe, Hiroshima, Hong Kong

  • CityLab links to a documentary about the quest of a man to walk every street in each of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • The National Observer notes that the federal government is funding an affordable housing project in Vancouver, with rents for a studio apartment starting at $C 1150.
  • Guardian Cities takes a look at archeological excavations in Denmark revealing the complexity of the Vikings’ urban life in the trading centre of Ribe.
  • CityLab tells the story of how the Carps, the baseball team of Hiroshima, took off after the Second World War, and how this rise inspired the city’s people.
  • Guardian Cities shares the works of a photographer concentrating on the images of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong wrapped in bamboo.

[NEWS] Some First Nations links: bigotries, Montréal plaques, High Arctic yarn, Abenaki

  • The startling anti-native racism demonstrated in a series of tweets by retired Brock University professor Garth Stevenson may see him stripped of any continuing affiliation with that university. CBC reports.
  • SBS notes how Canadians Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, visiting Sydney, set to engaging in racist slander against Australian Aborigines.
  • The Bank of Montreal has just replaced plaques, on its headquarters at the Place d’Armes, commemorating the death in battle there of an Iroquois chief. I actually saw these in place on my recent visit, just days before these went. CBC reports.
  • New findings suggest that, if yarn technology did diffuse in the High Arctic in the Norse period, it came from the Inuit to the Norse and not the other way around. Global News has it.
  • Ici Radio-Canada reports on a new dictionary of Abenaki that might yet help save that indigenous language.

[ISL] Five island links: Ireland, Norse Greenland, Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Nauru, Puerto Rico

  • JSTOR Daily notes how severe drought in Ireland is revealing, to aerial and other observers, the outlines of ancient ruins.
  • D-Brief examines how the export from Norse Greenland to Europe of walrus ivory played a key role in these lost settlements’ economy.
  • The people of Rapa Nui, Easter Island, have demanded a return of one of their moai statues from the British Museum, taken at their historical nadir.
  • Asylum-seekers being held in detention by Australia on the island of Nauru have beseeched Canada, asking for refuge here. CBC reports.
  • New York Magazine suggests that San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico, is despite recent horrors a good destination for tourists.