What Did It Mean to Be a Member of Victorian Society?

The term Victorian society might be generally applied to any middle class Victorian family that could afford to take part in the expanding social activities of the day. There is another meaning to the term society in Victorian England and that is the term Society (note the capital S) referred to a group of families that were either royalty, titled aristocracy (Dukes, Duchesses, Earl's etc.

Australian Aboriginal and Immigrant Relationship Explored Through Art

The Edge of the Trees is a sculpture outside the history museum in Sydney Australia. 29 tall wooden poles representing trees are stuck randomly into the ground. At one point 29 different groups of aboriginal people lived in the Sydney area. The words on some of the poles are the names of aboriginal people and places. Other poles have bits of human hair, shell, bone, feathers and ash embedded in them and as you walk among them you hear a soundscape of voices talking in a Australian First Nations language called Koori.

Buttons - History Up to the 18th Century

Apart from the fabric (and the tag), what do you usually see on your clothes? It is probably the most common embellishment it. You may not have noticed it because of its functionality. You don't really think of it as an extra or notice the design. Give up? It's the button. The word comes from France, bouton. It means a bud, protuberance or a round object.

Famous Pirate Shipwreck: The Whydah Galley

The Whydah Galley ship first travelled from London in 1715, it had three masts, was 31 metres tall and could reach 13 knots. It was named after a West African barter town, Ouidah. The ship is best known as Whydah and was built for transport and trading. The vessel was used in the Atlantic slave trade where goods were transported from England and exchanged for West African slaves.

The Mighty and Immortal Chinese Horse

When it comes to the Asian horse collectibles, a very famous horse owes both its unique history and fascinating mythology exclusively to China. Naturally, the type being referenced is the Chinese horse which dates back thousands of years. Its history began during the early times of the Chinese empire. It goes without saying that horses have captured the hearts, even including intimate thoughts, of humans throughout the world.

Dr Hua Tuo and a Jail Guard

There is always a point where legend or myth takes shape as the beginning of history, as if there were an overlapping period between myth and history. This transit time is rather long, longer than people often imagine. Some people lived in the transition period as legend became historically proven fact. Dr. Hua Tuo was one of these. He was a legendary physician in ancient China.

Bellerophon and Chimera Greek Mythological Creature

The Chimera (or sometimes spelled as Chimaera) was a monstrous beast that can breath fire in Greek mythology. There have been many descriptions of how the creature looks but in most descriptions it is part goat, lion and snake (sometimes even dragon). The Chimera is the youngest daughter of Echidna and Typhon. Chimera is female and is said to be the last child the two had together.

Military Swords to Handguns - An Evolution on the Battlefield

In addition to Sharon's and my novels, I write about a great many things. Frequently, I write about swords and about handguns. In the military context, both swords and handguns have utility beyond mere use as a weapon. They have been and still are symbols of leadership. In battle, the officer leading his unit into the fray frequently hasn't the luxury of carrying a rifle with fixed bayonet.

Symbols: Birds, The Black Swan, and Ducks

"The Black Swan" garners 5 academy award nominations: best picture, best actress, best director, best cinematography, and best film editing. The movie, in this season, is the talk of popular culture. Natalie Portman wins Best Actress, and Darren Aronofsky wins Best Director. It also gets the Best Ensemble Screen Actor's Guild nomination. Many viewers comment that the story comes so sad.

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America

Jefferson Davis was elected as the only President of the Confederate States of America on February 9, 1861. Davis was born June 3, 1808 in Kentucky, and grew up on a successful Mississippi cotton plantation. He was the youngest of ten children born to Samuel and Jane Davis. His schooling included Transylvania University. Following his 1828 graduation from West Point, Davis served in the infantry.

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