The 10 best blog posts on the history of 2021

Travel back in time to the recent past and explore the top 10 blog posts on the history of the OUPblog in 2021. From dispelling the Eurocentric myths of the Aztec Empire to examining the future of humanity Through the prism of environmental history, think outside the box with the latest research and expert opinions from authors of press history.

1. Indigenous conquistadors: Tlaxcala’s role in the fall of the Aztec empire

The Spanish invasion of Mesoamerica, leading to the collapse of the Aztec Empire, would have been impossible without the help provided by various groups of indigenous allies who felt the opportunity to upset the existing geopolitical order in something they thought was to their advantage. No group was more critical of these alliances than the Tlaxcaltecs.

In this blog post, David M. Carballo, author of Collision of the Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Creation of New Spain, explores the history of the Tlaxcaltecs to dispel long-standing Eurocentric accounts of the “conquest of Mexico”.

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2. Thirteen new French history books [reading list]

Bastille Day is a French national holiday, marking the storming of the Bastille, a military fortress and prison, on July 14, 1789, in an uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution. As the Bastille Day anniversary approaches, we’ve shared some of France’s latest history titles for you to explore, share and enjoy.

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3. Seven new books on the history of the environment [reading list]

The reciprocal relationship between humanity and nature can define the future of our life on this planet, but it is also an inescapable force of our history. To find out how the natural world has influenced the course of history, explore these seven new titles on environmental history.

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4. The three biggest myths of the fall of Tenochtitlán

August 13, 2021 marks the moment, exactly five hundred years ago, when the Spanish conquistadors won the Battle of Tenochtitlán, completing their astonishing conquest of the Aztec Empire, ushering in the three-century colonial era of New Spain. . At least that is the summary of the event that has since prevailed.

Over the past decades, academics have developed an increasingly informed and complex understanding of the so-called conquest, and opinions in Mexico itself have grown increasingly varied and sophisticated.

Read more from Matthew Restall, author of Seven myths of the Spanish conquest, as he seeks to dispel the three biggest myths of the fall of Tenochtitlán.

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5. Mapping the major battles [interactive map]

Azincourt

Certain battles acquire iconic status in history. The victors have been celebrated as heroes for centuries, the vanquished serve as a warning to all, and nations use these triumphs to establish their founding myths.

In this interactive map, you can explore the legacy of 10 key battles dating back to 480 BC to WWII. Every battle is featured in our Great Battles Collection, a growing series telling the tales of some of the world’s most iconic battles.

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6. Mexican independence from Spain and the first Mexican emperor

Mexico had been struggling for some years towards independence from Spain when, in 1820, the officer of Mexican origin, Agustín de Iturbide y Arámburu, proclaimed a new rebellion in the name of what he called the plan of ‘Iguala. This required the independence of Mexico, a constitutional monarchy with the Spanish king or another member of the Bourbon dynasty at its head, the Catholic religion as the only religion of Mexico and the unity of all inhabitants, regardless of their origin. , their ethnicity or Social class.

In this blog post, Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, author of Project Imperial Power, details the rise and fall of Agustín de Iturbide y Arámburu, the first Mexican emperor, and his role in Mexico’s independence from Spain.

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seven. Black History Month: Celebrating 10 People Who Made Great Britain’s History

Jimi Hendrix

Observing Black History Month in the UK in 2021, we have organized a collection of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography articles exploring the lives of people of black / African descent who have had an impact on or a connection to the UK during their lifetime and how they have made history – from Gustavus Vassa to Beryl Agatha Gilroy via Jimi Hendrix.

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8. The kings of Prussia become German emperors and Berlin becomes imperial city

On June 16, 1871, the Prussian army, 42,000 strong, triumphantly entered Berlin. William I, King of Prussia, had been proclaimed German Emperor five months earlier at Versailles. Painted canvases lined the army road, on one of which was depicted the myth of Emperor Barbarossa. He is said to have slept for 700 years inside Kyffhäuser Mountain with his red beard growing across the table he was sitting at, waiting for the moment he could wake up. The crows circling above us indicated the site of his long sleep. He could now be born, since his empire had been refounded by Prussia.

Learn more about this moment in Prussian history from Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, author of Projection of Imperial Power.

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9. Archeology, architecture and “Romanization” of Athens

The question of whether Athens was a Greek or Roman city seems straightforward, but among scholars there is debate.

Read the blog post from Ian Worthington, author of Athens after the empire, for an analysis of archaeological evidence that may provide an answer to this lingering scholarly question.

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ten. Beyond History and Identity: What Else Can We Learn from the Past?

A Useful History of Britain

History is important for collective identity in the same way that memory is important for our sense of ourselves. It is difficult to explain who we are without reference to our past: place and date of birth, classroom setting, education, etc. A shared history can, at the same time, give us a common identity: to be a Manchester United fan is to have a special relationship with the Munich air disaster, the Busby girls, George Best, Eric Cantona, etc.

Read the blog post from Michael Braddick, author of A Useful History of Britain, to consider the roles shared experience and personal memories play in establishing our cultural identities – and the challenges this can bring.

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