Image of South African Zulu spears, warrior shields and assegai.
Featured

Shaka Zulu: Creator and Destroyer

In the decades around 1800 the southern Bantu underwent dramatic Change as centralized kingdoms replaced smaller cheifdoms. This led to the modern Zulu kingdom under is great founder Shaka Zulu. Professor Kenneth Vickery discusses these changes and examines the great chief Shaka Zulu. […]

Cooking

The Story of Japanese Cuisine

Put out of your minds several preconceived notions about what Japanese cuisine is. Japan’s a very different, very rapidly changing place today, especially in terms of food. Even sushi—in its original form—was very different from what it is today. […]

American History

The Importance of Experimenting: The Wright Brothers

At the turn of the century, The Wright brothers’ ground-breaking inventions captured the spirit of innovation in our nation. Even today, their methods illustrate the importance of experimenting during the process of inventing. […]

hieroglyphics and english pronunciation
Ancient History

Learn How To Write Your Name In Hieroglyphics

Ancient Egyptian civilization is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating chapters in human history. While remnants of the culture like temples, obelisks, and sarcophagi continue to mystify us, you can unlock their true meaning if you know how to read hieroglyphs. […]

Image of ancient greek language carved in stone building
Ancient History

What Did the Ancient Greek Language Sound Like?

The Ancient Greek language is a language like no other. It records an astonishing array of great works in different genres, stretching across a thousand years of history. Watch lecture 1 from the series Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language, and you’ll learn the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet using the restored classical pronunciation. […]

European History

The Ukraine-Russia Crisis Explained

Survey the recent crisis in Ukraine and see how the origins of this conflict stem from the last hundred years of the region’s history, which is rife with skirmishes and shifting borders. After providing the historical context, Professor Liulevicius explains the ins and outs of the current crisis, including ethnic divisions within Ukraine and Russia’s attitude toward former Soviet territory. […]

photo of Ben Franklin's walking stick; gold top represents his fur cap
American History

Symbol of Liberty: Benjamin Franklin’s Walking Stick

Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, cherished his walking stick. This relatively simple object, adorned with a liberty fur cap at the top, conveys a powerful message about America’s national character at its inception and reveals the success of Franklin’s diplomatic efforts with France during Revolutionary times. […]

American History

Who Helped Fund America?

Money issues abounded in the new United States. Why was the abundance of land (and lack of hard coin) such a problem? What compelled states to print so much of their own unsecure paper money? how did Robert Morris attempt to restore the links between commerce, agriculture, and government finances? […]

The Torch Allen Guelzo
American History

America’s Founding Fathers: The Torch Podcast

The story of America’s founding—great men who debated, argued, persuaded, and negotiated their way to the U.S. Constitution—is as dramatic and instructive as any in the nation’s history. And there is no better way to tell the story of the Founding Fathers than by pairing an eminent U.S. historian with the very institution that is most synonymous with American history, the Smithsonian. […]

1 2 3 6