History

This Riveting 1830s Temperance Map Warned Against the Dangers of “Beer Lake”
October 16, 2014

Careful you don't get sucked into Relapse Bay! 

The Suit Is the Greatest British Invention
October 10, 2014

"Nothing else that comes from this pathetically stunted island has had anything like the universal acceptance, reach, or influence of the suit."

An Awesome History of Food as a Weapon, in Cartoons
September 29, 2014

Eve gave Adam the apple and it was all downhill from there.

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
Studying history with hypotheticals
September 20, 2014

Studying history with hypotheticals.

The Strange Case of An 18th-Century Sex Change Surgery
A chance discovery leads to one of the earliest known instances of the operation
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'
The weird history of the female title
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?
Two mid-century scholars are finally getting their due
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 Story Behind the Ancient Map That Invented Red and Blue States
The country was just as polarized 125 years ago—except the colors were upside down
August 09, 2014

The country was just as polarized 125 years ago—except the colors were upside down.

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