History around the Web: February 17th
History in the headlines and the best articles, essays, reviews and photo galleries we've seen around the internet this week. Jump into the comments with anything else you'd recommend.
- Charlie Chaplin may have in fact been a Frenchman named Israel Thornstein, according to files released by MI5. (Londonist)
- 50 years after MAD, or Mutually Assured Destruction, entered the lexicon, have we already forgotten what it was like to live under the threat of nuclear annihilation? (BBC)
- Iran before the Ayatollah: Pictures from pre-revolutionary Tehran in the 1970s. (Foreign Policy)
- Does New York's Museum of Modern Art owe a debt to Alfred Flechteim, the "degenerate" dealer exiled from Germany by the Nazis? (Gallerist NY)
- Fashion's shocking styles: the history of sartorial scandals (BBC)
- Antony Beevor chooses five essential books on the Second World War (The Browser)
- An account of the Dreyfus affair from a Catholic point of view (Guardian)
- The Monster of Glamis: "a hidden room, a secret passage, solemn initiations, scandal, and shadowy figures glimpsed by night on the battlements." (Smithsonian)
- Should the actions of the Suffragettes a century ago be regarded as terrorism? (BBC)
- How eugenics leaders plotted to create a British 'super-race' in the 1940s
- A new exhibition in Israel tells the story of Adolf Eichmann's capture in Argentina and his subsequent trial for war crimes (Guardian)
- Death in Florence: Unravelling a 15th-century mystery (London Review of Books)
This week we joined Pinterest, a new social tool that allows you to easily share the best things you see around the web. Take a look at our first pinboard, titled (prosaically enough) Things We're Reading, for a regularly-updated digest of articles that catch our eye. We'll be adding further boards on specific subjects over the coming weeks.