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Mon, 28th of July

sansaspark:

FAIRYTALE MEME: 1/1 fairytales

↳Cinderella and the Little Glass Slipper

Mon, 28th of July

facina-oris:

myth fashion

dionysus ; 

(requested by kierenwalkerly)

Mon, 28th of July

clarazetkins:

history meme | six seven women: [1/7] alexandra kollontai (31 March 1872 - 9 March 1952)

Alexandra Kollontai was a Russian Communist revolutionary. She was a major figure in the Russian socialist movement from the turn of the century through the revolution and civil war. During periods of exile she was also active as a speaker and writer in Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Scandinavia and the United States. She played a major role in forcing the Russian socialist movement to organize special work among women and in organizing mass movements of working-class women and peasants, and was the author of much of the social legislation of the early Soviet republic. 
Kollontai began political work in 1894. In 1896, Kollontai saw the open face of capitalist industry for the first time when she visited a large textile factory where her engineer husband was installing a ventilation system. Later that year, she became active in leafletting and fundraising in support of the mass textile strike which rocked the Petersburg area. For the rest of her political career, Kollontai retained her connections with the women textile workers of St. Petersburg. The 1896 strikes established the primacy of working-class revolution in Kollontai’s mind. 

Kollontai, like many Russian socialists, was neutral in the Bolshevik-Menshevik split of 1903. In 1904, she joined the Bolshevik faction and conducted classes on Marxism for it. In 1905, she joined with Leon Trotsky in pressing for a more positive attitude toward the newly-emerged Soviets and in pressing for unity of the party factions. She became treasurer of the St. Petersburg Social Democratic Committee. In 1906, she left the Bolsheviks over the question of boycotting elections to the Duma, an undemocratically-elected parliament of limited power in which she felt it was nevertheless possible for left deputies to raise demands and expose the government’s machinations.

From 1905 through 1908, Kollontai led the campaign which has most clearly established her place in history – to organize the women workers of Russia to fight for their own interests, against employers, against bourgeois feminism, and where necessary (as it frequently was) against the conservatism and male chauvinism of the socialist organizations. Through interventions at meetings of the liberal Women’s Union, strikes and protests, the foundations were laid for a mass movement. 

From 1946 until her death in 1952, she was an advisor to the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [read more]

It is only our ignorance that leads us to think that the things we are used to can never change. 

Mon, 28th of July

facina-oris:

i am not whole without you
Mon, 28th of July

delsinss:

FAIRYTALE MEME: 1/1 fairy tale
↳ a mermaid found a swimming lad, / picked him up for her own, / pressed her body to his body, / laughed; and plunging down / forgot in cruel happiness / that even lovers drown.
  #mermaids   #legends   with 77 notes
Mon, 28th of July

llutece:

HISTORY MEME: (4/10) people Mihrimah Sultan

Mihrimah Sultan (21 March 1522 – 25 January 1578) was the daughter of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan.

Mihrimah traveled throughout the Ottoman Empire with her father as he surveyed the lands and conquered new ones. It is written in Persian literature that she traveled into battle with her father on an Arabian stallion called Batal at the Battle of Gizah in northern Egypt outside Alexandria.

In Constantinople on 26 November 1539, at the age of seventeen, Mihrimah was married off to Rüstem Pasha, the Grand Vizier under Suleiman. Though the union was unhappy, Mihrimah flourished as a patroness of the arts and continued her travels with her father until her husband’s death. The fact that Mihrimah encouraged her father to launch the campaign against Malta, promising to build 400 galleys at her own expense; that like her mother she wrote letters to Sigismund II the King of Poland; and that on her father’s death she lent 50,000 gold sovereigns to her brother Sultan Selim to meet his immediate needs, illustrate the political power which she wielded.

Sun, 27th of July

Sophie Turner as Persephone.

One day Hades, God of the Underworld, saw Persephone and instantly fell in love with her. Persephone slipped beneath the Earth and Hades stole her to the Underworld where he made her his wife. Before leaving the underworld, Persephone had been persuaded to eat four seeds of a pomegranate. In ancient mythology, to eat the fruit of one’s captor meant that one would have to return to that captor or country, so Persephone was doomed to return to the underworld for four months of the year. But she was allowed to spend the remaining two-thirds of the year with her Earth Mother, Demeter.

Sun, 27th of July

//History Meme//

1 War - World War II.

  #history   #WWII   #1900s   #1940s   with 67 notes
Sun, 27th of July

mordicanting:

Fairy Tale Meme:

9 Heroines - [The Shepherd’s Daughter from Prince Lindworm]

When the feast was over, the bridegroom and bride were conducted to their apartment, with music, and torches, and a great procession. As soon as the door was shut, the Lindworm turned to her and said, “Fair maiden, shed a shift!” The shepherd’s daughter answered him, “Prince Lindworm, slough a skin!”—“No one has ever dared tell me to do that before!” said he.—“But I command you to do it now!” said she. 

Sun, 27th of July

sansaspark:

FAIRYTALE MEME: 3/5 magical objects

↳Wishing Wells

Sun, 27th of July

llutece:

HISTORY MEME: (3/10) people Karl XII of Sweden

Karl XII (Charles XII, also Carl, latinized to Carolus Rex), was the King of Sweden from 1697 to 1718. He was the only surviving son of Karl XI and Ulrika Eleonora the Elder. He assumed power, after a seven-month caretaker government, at the age of fifteen.

In 1700, a triple alliance of Denmark–Norway, Saxony–Poland–Lithuania and Russia launched a threefold attack on the Swedish protectorate of Swedish Holstein-Gottorp and provinces of Livonia and Ingria, aiming to draw advantage as Sweden was unaligned and ruled by a young and inexperienced king, thus initiating the Great Northern War. Leading the formidable Swedish army against the alliance, Charles had by 1706 forced to submission all of his foes except Russia.

Karl’s subsequent march on Moscow ended with the dismemberment of the Swedish army, and he spent the following years in exile in the Ottoman Empire before returning to lead an assault on Norway, trying to evict the Danish king from the war once more in order to aim all his forces at the Russians. Two failed campaigns concluded with his death at the Siege of Fredriksten in 1718.

Karl was an exceptionally skilled military leader and tactician as well as an able politician, credited with introducing important tax and legal reforms. As for his famous reluctance towards peace efforts, he is quoted by Voltaire as saying upon the outbreak of the war; "I have resolved never to start an unjust war but never to end a legitimate one except by defeating my enemies." With the war consuming more than half his life and nearly all his reign, he never married and fathered no children, and was succeeded by his sister Ulrika Eleonora, who in turn was coerced to hand over all substantial powers to the Riksdag of the Estates and opted to surrender the throne to her husband, who became King Frederick I of Sweden.

  #history   #1600s   #1700s   #Karl XII   with 15 notes
Sun, 27th of July

suammetuit:

mythology alphabet: t - tartarus [(Greek: Τάρταρος)], in ancient Greek mythology, is the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans. As far below Hades as the earth is below the heavens, Tartarus is the place where souls were judged after death and where the wicked received punishment.

Sun, 27th of July

sansaspark:

FAIRYTALE MEME: 4/5 magical objects

↳Crystal Balls

  #fairy tales   with 33 notes
Sun, 27th of July

clarazetkins:

history meme | three inventions: [1/3] printing press (circa. 1440)

The German Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press around 1440. Key to its development was the hand mold, a new molding technique that enabled the rapid creation of large quantities of metal movable type. Printing presses exponentially increased the speed with which book copies could be made, and thus they led to the rapid and widespread dissemination of knowledge for the first time in history. Twenty million volumes had been printed in Western Europe by 1500.

Among other things, the printing press permitted wider access to the Bible, which in turn led to alternative interpretations, including that of Martin Luther, whose “95 Theses” a document printed by the hundred-thousand sparked the Protestant Reformation. [x]

  #history   #1400s   with 27 notes