History in the news

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A glance through history in the news this week: old book on display, old Cognac on sale, old shell unearthed; plus looming rows over Stalin, Ivan the Terrible and the Rosetta Stone; and a little bit of classical sex and Pearl Harbour to round things off. 

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1. Scotland’s oldest book is put on display in Edinburgh for the first time in almost 1,000 years.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8403526.stm

2. A bottle of Cognac dating from before the French Revolution wins top bid at a Parisian auction.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8398879.stm

3. President Medvedev issues the toughest criticism of Stalin to come from another Russian leader in a decade.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/russianow/society/6719166/Russias-president-Dmitry-Medvedev-condemns-Josef-Stalins-role-in-history.html

4. A new exhibition exploring the love and sex lives of the ancient Greeks opens in Athens.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/dec/09/museums-greece

5. The discovery of a 7,000 year-old mass grave in Germany shows evidence of ancient cannibalism.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1233667/Cannibalism-uncovered-Ancient-human-burial-site-shows-evidence-slaves-skinned-butchered-like-animals.html

6. A Leeds industrial estate is found to be home to an unexploded wartime shell.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/8403849.stm

7. The ownership battle over the Rosetta Stone, the ‘icon of Egyptian identity’, continues as an Egyptian official visits London.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6948107.ece

8. A formal monument in KwaZulu Natal finally commemorates the 10,000 Zulu warriors killed in the Anglo-Zulu war.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/2009/12/06/zulu-warriors-finally-recognised-for-bravery-91466-25327315/

9. America marks the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091207/ap_on_re_us/us_pearl_harbor_anniversary

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10. A new blockbuster featuring Ivan the Terrible is slammed by a historian as ‘slanderous’ to the Russian people and state.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6672148/Ivan-the-Terrible-film-slanders-Russia-and-should-be-banned-historian-says.html