10 Ways History Is Repeating Itself

10 Ways History Is Repeating Itself 10 Mass Extinctions Here’s an issue underestimated by many

I’m sure some of us have never even thought about it And, on that note, what are mass extinctions? Well, when we talk about mass extinctions, we're not considering only recent history, but rather – and mostly – geological history And I bet you’re thinking of dinosaurs right now And you’re correct, but there are so many species that became extinct over the centuries In fact, they still are

According to experts, we’re currently facing a biodiversity crisis that threatens up to a MILLION species of plants and animals – I didn’t even know there were so many species at all! These categories are caused in large part by human activities such as deforestation, hunting, and overfishing The spread of invasive species and diseases from human trade and pollution is also a threat Knowing that mass extinctions occur when more than 75% of all species on Earth die off, you’ll be like “No way! We’re gonna see it and stop it before it’s too late!” But it has happened already, and it’s still happening

This is probably the scientific proof that history is repeating itself 9 Financial Crises You should know by now that the world has faced quite a few financial crises throughout history Brace yourself because there’s a high chance that, due to COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all gonna have to deal with another one soon But, when we talk about economic crashes, we can not mention the Great Depression of 1929

It lasted 10 years and ended with massive income and output loss, and a record in unemployment rates, especially in industrialized nations It is believed the Depression was triggered by the Wall Street crash of 1929 The OPEC oil price shock of 1973 was caused instead by both high inflation – triggered by the spike in energy prices – and economic stagnation, a consequence of the crisis These crises can come very quickly one after another too There was the Asian crisis of 1997, for example, forced the Thai government to abandon its fixed exchange rate against the U

S dollar, followed closely by the Great Recession of 2007-2008 just over a decade later These things can often influence one another and come quick and fast, before a chance of any real recovery 8 Cold War Just like for financial crises, the spectre of a possible new Cold War is always around the corner Rumours of an imminent Cold War never really disappeared, even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union the peace between the US and Russia was quite feeble

For years experts had feared the worst Now, the same concerns are raised in regards to the commercial relationship between the US and China The White House – that right now has a lot on its plate – is currently pushing back hard against Beijing on trade, military and diplomatic matters It definitely reminds of the means used during the Cold War The outbreak of Coronavirus didn't help

However, as many experts pointed out, today’s China is not the 20th century Soviet Union The country is now richer than ever and, with its economy, China could easily overtake the US by most economic measures by 2030 But, are we in the middle of an actual Cold War? With all that’s happening worldwide right now, it’s really hard to tell; one single event could turn the tables 7 Pandemics You had a hint this was coming… Pandemics have come and gone, bringing significant consequences in human life throughout the centuries

Until a few months ago, the majority of us probably imagined a pandemic as something very unlikely to trouble us Something that could have happened only many centuries ago And of course, we were wrong Many of us couldn’t even remember – maybe didn’t even know about – the Spanish Flu of 1918 So far, yet so close to us

People back then basically had to deal with what we’re facing right now, with less comfort and very few means The Influenza lasted about 15 months, killing more than 50 million people globally Like COVID-19, the Spanish Flu spread rapidly through public places Like for COVID-19, the most effective means to slow the pandemic were social distancing, masks and gloves Since most of us are now resuming to normal activities, keep in mind that when, in 1918, people stopped social distancing there was a second wave of infections that was deadlier than the first

So, stay alert 6 Far-Right Strategic Use Of Pandemics You may have noticed the Spanish Flu hit just at the end of WWI and only about ten years before the rise of the Nazis power – Wait, Samwhere are you going here? Are you saying the pandemic caused the beginning of WWI? Of course not! But it might have helped a bit And here’s why we should be concerned about it A study published last month by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York seems to think along these lines According to researchers, German regions that reported higher losses due to the virus had a higher vote share for the Nazi Party in the elections of 1932 and 1933

– Okaybut why should we be concerned? Well, becauseit’s kinda happening again Let me explainReports of xenophobia toward people of Asian descent have been on the rise across Europe, America and Australia US media reported more than 100 alleged incidents since January that appeared to target Asians About 70% of those incidents were clearly linked to the pandemic And it's not just that We’ve also seen far-right parties demonstrating against social-distancing orders in the US, and in European countries, such as Italy, Germany and the UK too

5 Civil Rights Movement 1960s – Black Lives Matter 2020 It’s sad and frustrating to acknowledge how many of the events that marked the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s are so similar to what’s happening right now in the US, and worldwide As film director Spike Lee has recently pointed out, it really feels like history is repeating itself And Spike Lee is not the only one Many, especially those who’ve witnessed it back then, have pointed out how The Black Lives Matter protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd remind of the 1968’s

At that time, it was the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, together with the already ongoing protests over civil rights and the Vietnam War, that triggered the turmoil Just like in 1968, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmad Arbery by police officers were the straws that broke the camel’s back Literally With the help of social media, police brutality is finally in direct sunlight

It’s been a few weeks since The Black Lives Matter protests started and, from what we can see, they won’t stop any time soon 4 Celebrities Death Theories This may not be one of those crucial scary events that keep repeating throughout history, but it’s quite interesting When a celebrity dies their fans are usually devastated, which is why to some of them thinking their idols didn’t die at all, is more comfortable than just seeing the truth Just think about Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, or Tupac

To be fair, in recent years these kinds of conspiracies don’t flourish easily, however, there are still many people who believe the old ones And speaking of old legends, you would never guess what was the first celebrity death theory When, in 1825, Alexander I of Russia died at 47 allegedly of typhus, a similar phenomenon happened The sudden and mysterious death of the man who fought against and defeated Napoleon renewed the devotion of his people So, a folk legend took hold

According to the legend, that still lasts to these days, Alexander did not die in 1825 but went on living in seclusion as a hermit monk for four decades 3 Meghan Markle – Lady Augusta Murray I think we’ve spread enough despair for nowso, here’s a curiosity for you It’s slightly lighter than the rest of the list but it’s worth mentioning And, hear me out, I’m saying SLIGHTLY lighter for a good reason So, for years, Meghan Markle has been the focus of British and international tabloids – Yeah, I guess Prince Andrew’s issue is not as important as listing all the possible ways Meghan breaks the protocol But, anyway, tabloids have been so harsh on Meghan that many – Harry himself – compared the press attacks to Princess Diana’s case However, this isn’t the first time a princess has been ostracized by the public In 1792, Prince Augustus, son of King George III, married in a clandestine ceremony in Rome

Why? Because he wanted to marry Lady Augusta Murray, the daughter of the Governor of the Bahamas, something illegal at the time So, it happened that the couple married anyway, but the consequences – as it has always been – fell all upon Augusta The marriage was annulled and Prince August found redemption On the contrary, Augusta became a nineteenth-century reject 2

Nuclear-Power Accidents When I say nuclear-power accidents, what’s the first thing that comes up to your mind? Chernobyl, of course, and Fukushima Oh yeah, before Chernobyl there was the Three Mile Island accident And these are only a few of the nuclear disasters that occurred So, why are we keeping nuclear-power plants open? There are many factors to keep in mind, such as people’s employment But if these tragedies keep happening, shouldn’t we try to do something about it? Well, according to some people, we ARE trying

After the Three Mile Island accident of 1979, for example, the nuclear industry took a step back and revised its safety standards They stepped up training, checklists, and better oversight Then in 1986 the Chernobyl disaster marked history It basically represents the emblem of things you shouldn’t do It is considered to be the worst nuclear accident scenario, 'till the point that scientists are still studying it today

In this sense, we might not be able to prevent nuclear disasters yet, but by studying them we can develop rapid interventions After Fukushima’s accident of 2011, for example, radiation levels were so low they killed zero people 1 Hong Kong Protests As for the Black Live Matters protests, people are now making parallels between current Hong Kong protests and the riots of 1967 As a matter of fact, the protests are different but similar at the same time… One massive difference is that in 1967 protesters were RIOTING, which means they recurred to violence

The current Hong Kong protests have largely maintained a non-violent approach Now, let’s have a look at the aim of each movement The 1967 riots were started off between pro-communists and the Hong Kong government The protests later escalated against the British colonial rule Eventually, in 1997, after three decades, the British government handed over their control to China

Which brings us to contemporary protests Hong Kong residents have accused Beijing of overstepping their authority In 2014 they called for more transparent elections for the city’s chief executive In early 2016, the Hong Kong booksellers who had mysteriously disappeared were found in police custody in China In 2019 protests erupted in Hong Kong over a proposed bill to allow extradition to mainland China

So, basically, 53 years later, Hong Kong it’s still fighting for independence

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