in the Low Countries. Since there's nothing interesting going on here in the US right now, let's enjoy a moment of EU fun. (y2-length post inside).
29 May 1453, Constantinople fell
to Mehmet II
, sultan of the Ottoman Turks
. With it fell the last stronghold of Christendom in the East. Founded by Constantine the Great
, the Byzantine empire
had lasted 1129
During which time it created the Cyrillic alphabet
, was sacked by the 4th crusade
, precipitated the great schism
, and created some of the most beautiful
religious art of the ancient world. Sailing
A Peace to End All Peace:
The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin. Ever wonder how the Middle East got so screwed up to start with? It all happened in an eight year time span, 1914-1922. The destruction of the Ottoman Empire laid the foundation for over half of the current conflicts in the world. Coupled with Huntingtons' Clash of Civilizations
, this book does more to explain WTF went wrong.
- This was discussed earlier
this year. I ran across this very well done flash site and was amazed at how presentation can affect one's views on a subject. Although aware of the story, it seems more real
presented this way.