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Over One Billion Edits

Over One Billion Edits

I had been watching the growth of open source software and I had this concept of a free encyclopedia...

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Jumbled Sea Ice

Jumbled Sea Ice

In 1913, a group of seven Americans headed north from New York City. Their mission was to find and explore Crocker Land, an unexplored island or perhaps small continent...

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The Horsemen by Ethan Edwards

The Horsemen by Ethan Edwards

The Steppe sky remains...

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Üsküdar was the Plymouth Rock of the Turkish Straits…

Üsküdar was the Plymouth Rock of the Turkish Straits…

Geographically vulnerable as most harbors are, Chrysopolis was better suited to commerce than war. This is why nothing remains of its Roman or Byzantine origins...

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On the Berfrois Radar

On the Berfrois Radar

The survival of remains of one of the tiltyard towers was known, but the radar survey has shown up tantalizing glimpses of additional structures...

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Centuries of Constantinople

Centuries of Constantinople

She dwarfed all other remaining cities of the Roman Empire as well as former western Roman imperial and cross-frontier territories, and all but a few eastern cities...

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How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

The post-1968 era inaugurated the unraveling of Japanese anthropology’s transwar consensus about its goals to produce objective, field-based research that uncovered universal laws of social development and diffusion...

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‘Pigs were the consummate meat of the early Middle Ages’

‘Pigs were the consummate meat of the early Middle Ages’

Even the Christians who loved to eat pigs vilified them as greedy, dirty, destructive animals. This reputation was woven into the scriptures that early medieval readers studied and quoted and wove into their own stories and texts...

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Merovingians in the Mediterranean

Merovingians in the Mediterranean

When one thinks about the Merovingians—and, really, who doesn’t?—one seldom thinks of the Mediterranean. There is good reason for that...

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Worsteds to Woollens

Worsteds to Woollens

English textile workers focused on the production of cheap worsteds, a coarse light woollen cloth, which required very little or no fulling...

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When was salt and snow first used to produce ice cream?

When was salt and snow first used to produce ice cream?

The earliest form of ice cream seems to have been produced a little before Della Porta started freezing wine...

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“Insurrection” and Black Citizens

“Insurrection” and Black Citizens

The very terminology—“black citizen”—was, of course, an oxymoron upon the birth of this very nation...

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The Long Civil Rights Movement

The Long Civil Rights Movement

This Is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861-1927 is a compelling and exhaustive work that examines the long history of anti-black violence and racism in Kansas...

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Red London

Red London

Conventional accounts of London’s history concentrate on the ‘two cities’—twin centres of wealth and power, each with its monumental buildings...

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Mass Mahatma

Mass Mahatma

Talat Ahmed’s political biography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s life is a welcome addition to the existing literature attempting to theorize his principles of nonviolence...

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In Soviet Russia, food cooks you!

In Soviet Russia, food cooks you!

Food is a window into any culture. In Soviet society, gender and food were always tightly interconnected, which looks like an ideal representation of the ambiguous nature of Communist ideology...

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‘Florida was not to be outdone by any state, in particular California’

‘Florida was not to be outdone by any state, in particular California’

David J. Nelson challenges the notion that the Great Depression helped rather than hurt tourism in Florida.

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Ed Simon: An Appointment with Father Grandier

Ed Simon: An Appointment with Father Grandier

One spring day in 1629, legions of devils came to call upon Father Urbain Grandier. If we’re to believe his accusers, the priest respond with enthusiasm at the arrival of his demonic charge.

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Green Thumbs

Green Thumbs

Not long after he arrived in Machilipatnam, Thomas Bowrey began to wonder what it was that the people of Machilipatnam were smoking.

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A hurricane across the green fields of life…

A hurricane across the green fields of life…

A little over one hundred years ago, a novel virus emerged from an unknown animal reservoir and seeded itself silently in settlements around the world.

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Freelancing Dorothy Parker

Freelancing Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker lost her job as Vanity Fair theater critic on January 11, 1920, in the tea room of the Plaza Hotel. Parker must have known there was trouble brewing as she sat down across from editor Frank Crowninshield.

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