Yesterday, the boys at Stuff You Should Know released a podcast covering revisionist history. A basic definition of historical revisionism is: the reconsidering of traditional historical narratives in light of new material, the rejection of false or subjective information, or the inclusion of forgotten/ marginalized perspectives. Listening to Josh and Chuck, I wondered how this subject affected women’s history. During a quick Google search, one issue that popped-up again and again was comfort women. I had a nebulous comprehension of the problem, and remembered glimpsing the occasional pertinent news story, but that was it. Researching the matter and its connection to revisionist history, I came to understand how it mutually exemplifies the contentious and imperative nature of reinterpreting conventional history.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
|Presumably, a Nazi Bride School |
newbie tricking-out her dorm room. Sigh,
Earlier this month, researchers combing through Germany’s Federal Archive unearthed documents concerning the Reichsbräuteschule, or Reich Bride Schools. Though scholars knew of their existence, these matrimonial preparatory schools were (and remain largely still) shrouded in mystery. The recent discovery of a rulebook and certificate of completion, give historians further understanding of this shadowy facet of Hitler’s Third Reich. And y’all, it’s just as creepy as it sounds…
Posted by The History Bitch at 7:01 PM
Friday, October 18, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
They're selective mutes, murderous housemaids, and twins possessed by “folie à deux.” Tune-in to discover what makes June and Jennifer Gibbons, Christine and Léa Papin, and Sabina and Ursula Eriksson “twisted sisters!”
Sunday, October 13, 2013
|The Grady sisters from director Stanley Kubrick’s |
horror masterpiece, The Shining (1980).
Saturday, October 5, 2013
|The British Medical Journal, |
Vol. 1, No. 1577 (Mar. 21, 1891), p. 656
Posted by The History Bitch at 7:26 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2013
|It’s doubtful this commonly-used |
portrait actually depicts Lavinia Fisher
Here’s the legend:
Lavinia and husband John operated a lodge, Six Mile House, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The Fishers preyed on male customers travelling by themselves. Furtively, Lavinia would poison guests’ supper or tea using laudanum; later, when the man nodded-off, John would butcher them with his axe. Ultimately, one fortunate would-be victim named John Peoples got away; he alerted law enforcement. Searching the Fisher’s roadhouse, police unearthed many decaying corpses. Subsequently, Lavinia and John were arrested, tried for robbery and murder, and condemned to hang.