Time for the Shoutout. Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" concerns what war? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is the Hundred Years' War, the Boer War, the Crimean War or American Revolution? You've got three seconds, go!
The poem was written about a battle in the Crimean War, which took place during the 1850. That's your answer and that's your shoutout.
Unlike the Crimean War itself, what we are seeing today in the region is more of a standoff? Although Russian President Vladimir Putin denies sending troops in the Ukraine, there has been a build up of pro-Russian forces in Crimea where many Crimeans favor Russia.
Putin says Crimea's local government is following international law by preparing the hold of vote on whether the region should stay part of Ukraine or become part of Russia. But Ukraine's news government and the U.S., which supports it say the vote will break the law by going against the Ukraine's constitution.
Everyone seems to agree that easing tensions in the area would be a good thing. Meantime, Farid Zakaria contrasts the present situation with pictures of the past.
Over the past week images of troops massing in Crimea have been broadcast to millions around the globe. It so happens that the first ever official war photographs were from the very same region.
In 1853 the Russian Empire fought the allied armies of the Ottoman Empire, France and Great Britain in the short, but brutal Crimean War that claimed the lives of three quarters of a million soldiers and for the first time photographers were able to give people a glimpse of what war was like.
The most famous image, perhaps, is Roger Fenton's "The Valley of the Shadow of Death," which showed cannonballs strewn throughout a valley. Some say it was the first staged war photo. That he moved the cannonballs into the road.
The technology didn't allow for action shots, but the images captured the moments between battles.So, the folly of war was probably best articulated with the pen and paper.Listen to this, an 1890 recording of Alfred Lord Tennyson himself reading his famous poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade."
So we can see, and we can hear what conflict over Crimea was like 160 years ago.