What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
September 20, 2014
Studying history with hypotheticals.
The Strange Case of An 18th-Century Sex Change Surgery
September 17, 2014
A chance discovery leads to one of the earliest known instances of the operation.
Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?
September 14, 2014
A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.
When 'Mistress' Meant 'Mrs.' and 'Miss' Meant 'Prostitute'
September 12, 2014
In the 18th century, ‘Mrs.’ was more likely to indicate a businesswoman than a married woman.
Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
September 06, 2014
Two mid-century scholars finally get their due
Why Britain Created Monarchies in the Middle East
August 15, 2014
When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.
The country was just as polarized 125 years ago—except the colors were upside down.
Andrew Wyeth rocketed to success after painting his sick, handicapped neighbor Christina.
There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.
Why the Doom and Gloom, America?
July 15, 2014
Today’s crises are no worse than many in U.S. history.