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Winter Warriors

Winter Warriors

Unable to deter the Soviets, France and Britain finally raised a military relief force, too small and too late to impact the outcome...

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Flipping-the-Script of Gender Politics

Flipping-the-Script of Gender Politics

The queer coding in magazines like Bachelor wasn’t just meant to wink at queer readers...

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Write Like an Egyptian

Write Like an Egyptian

Scratched on the wall of a mine is the very first attempt at something we use every day: the alphabet...

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Wutuobang as Utopia

Wutuobang as Utopia

A peculiar idiosyncrasy marked the appearance of the word ‘utopia’ in Chinese...

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The Chewa in Malawian Prehistory

The Chewa in Malawian Prehistory

Among Juwayeyi’s most important contributions is the argument that the Maravi state predated the expansion of Indian Ocean trade into the region...

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Madras Meridian

Madras Meridian

The era’s greatest promoter of astronomy was Jai Singh II, the 18th-century raja of Jaipur...

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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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