An Animated History of Ukraine

Really, really good history! Since I know next to nothing about Ukraine's national history, I particularly appreciated the accessibility -- the vlogger assumed we had been born yesterday, and it worked.

During the Choson Dynasty (1392 to 1897) in Korea, it was customary to make a food offering to one’s deceased parent, at every meal for the first three years after they passed. So offering stands like this one are a common pottery type. They were made to be sturdy more than pretty, since each one was expected to last three years of daily use.

Krąków’s Jagiellonian University was established by King Casimir III the Great in 1364 and is the oldest university in Poland.

The earliest written records of the guitar date back to the 1300s, near the start of the European Renaissance. And the first instruments that modern audiences would recognize as guitars were crafted in the 1400s. But the exact origins of the guitar are debated. Did it come from the Middle East during the Medieval Period, like the lute? Or was it invented in Europe?     For those interested: the painting is "The Guitar Player" by Johannes Vermeer, circa 1672.

Since 1513, the kings of Denmark have switched between being named Frederick and being named Christian. Until 1972, when Queen Margrethe ascended the throne! The next monarch will be Crown Prince Frederick, though, restarting the tradition.

How The Black Plague Influenced Money

The high mortality rate during the Bubonic Plague in Europe increased the supply of available currency. The plague didn't kill metal coins! Those who lived suddenly had more money. This in turn created substantial inflation until the mid-1370s. Higher inflation decreased the purchasing power of wage laborers, so that even though they were paid more, their higher wages could not purchase more. On the other hand, inflation also hurt the power of employers, because they suddenly had to pay more to their laborers to compete with other employers for the new scarce commodity -- labor.

Japanese geishas were renowned for their soft, luminescent skin. The secret? An ancient facial treatment made from uguisu no fun, the droppings of the Japanese bush warbler! Their excretions were ground into a powder and used to remove geisha's white makeup. The urea in the droppings helped hold in moisture, while the guanine created a shimmering effect.

From 1397 to 1523, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway -- as well as Norway's territories which included Greenland, parts of Finland, and the Faroe Islands -- formed the Kalmar Union. Legally the countries remained separate sovereign states, led by one monarch. But their domestic and foreign policies were run by that one monarch. So....they were basically one country.Norwegians are still upset about this, particularly because they remained part of Denmark till 1814!

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    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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