History has recorded hundreds of events that we have learned about at schools and universities. Even today, we discover several historical facts that outline the major stories of the past. However, history is also composed of smaller stories and tales known to only a few people beyond the circle of history buffs.
History buffs recounting lesser-known tales have brought light to stories unknown to many even today. So, let us walk through some of the lesser-known tales of history in this post and enlighten ourselves.
Fascinating Historical Tales You Must Know
While we have all learned about the World Wars, there are tales you were never taught in your history classes. While they might seem useless to some, they can definitely be interesting if you delve deep into them.
Especially in the 21st century, when you have already learned about all the deadliest fights among countries, it is never harmful to take a detour and explore the unknown, smaller parts of history. Many creators today take great interest in promoting these stories through platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and even Spotify Podcasts. So, if you are a historical content creator looking for more content, let me help you gain some quick followers.
Karl Marx And His Last Words
We all know Karl Marx. He was a great German philosopher who wrote the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital. He formed the basis of Marxism and preached to everyone about a world free of capitalism.
Born in Prussia, Karl Marx began his adult life experiencing sociopolitical theories. With his knowledge, he gave the theory of Marxism, which vehemently opposed capitalist ideas.
However, his writings and ideas were not perceived positively by all.
While these facts are well known, the most fascinating part about him is that Marx was not a sentimentalist. He did not long for romantic affections and gestures. He literally proved it in 1883, when he was lying on his deathbed. When asked for his final words, Marx uttered, “Go on! Get Out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”
The Kidnapping By The Founder Of New Zealand
History is composed of events beyond our imagination. While some are deadly, with millions of death records, others may sound funny and surprising at the same time. One such tale goes back to the 1800s concerning the founder of New Zealand, British politician Edward Gibbon Wakefield.
Edward was a British politician who was eager to improve his political career. Before becoming the founder of New Zealand, however, Edward was sent to prison for abducting a 15-year-old heiress, Ellen Turner, of a wealthy textile manufacturer. His aim was to bankroll his political career with her father’s money. But knowing that he could never get his consent, he kidnapped the girl from her school with the false allegation that her mother was dying.
Edward then took the girl to a hotel and falsely narrated that her father’s business was failing. He convinced Ellen that she had to marry Edward as compensation for helping her father release some funds. Later, Ellen’s father, with the help of the British Foreign Office, found both Ellen and Edward in France and got their marriage annulled by Parliament. Interesting, isn’t it?
The Legendary Ziryab
As I say, Ziryab, I am sure you have never heard about this person before. However, there is a reason why I tagged him as legendary.
Ziryab was a Persian polymath. He was a singer, poet, fashion designer, strategist, astronomer, and the list goes on. The most fascinating thing is that he was a former slave.
Despite his history, he was the person to make two of the most important contributions to society that remain to date.
He was the person to first introduce the three-course meal (soup, main course, and pudding). He was also the person who introduced the world to crystal drinking glasses. Before this, people only used metal as a drinking glass material. Another innovative contribution that Zriyab made was the introduction of asparagus and some other vegetables into the human diet.
The list of societal changes that he brought is huge. Another most significant contribution he made was popularizing short hair for men. He indeed had a great taste of life, even during an age when everything seemed to be pretty simple.
Women In World War II
We know the atrocities that occurred during World War II, from millions of deaths to political tensions among national powers. However, one thing we often overlook is the role of women. “The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in WWII” by Svetlana Alexievich is a detailed narrative of how women played a major role in the war scenes.
She talks about Soviet women who left their jobs during the war and fought alongside men on the front lines. More than millions of women of different occupations, including doctors, pilots, and nurses, battled alongside male soldiers and contributed heavily during the entirety of WWII. However, once the war was over, their contributions were forgotten and lost in time.
Svetlana travelled miles to meet these women and record their stories. After putting together all their voices, she portrayed a new angle of the war that was never seen before. She was later awarded the Nobel Prize by the Swedish Academy and named as an inventor of “a new kind of literary genre.”
History can tell us many things. But we often overlook the smaller things that can give us great insight into the past and new perspectives on people and stories we thought we already knew. Hence, it is important to look out of the box sometimes and go beyond the mainstream stories.