History

Life in the Arab Cluster—What Does it Mean to Be An Arab?

December 1, 2017

What does it mean to be part of the Arab cluster? First of all, to be an Arab is not so much an ethnic heritage as it is a cultural identity. Although it’s similar to what it means to be a North American, that doesn’t entirely capture it either. Let me explain. […]

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Ancient History

The Eight Fundamental Thresholds of Big History

December 1, 2017

David Christian structures his groundbreaking Big History course around eight fundamental thresholds. Each of them is associated with new forms of complexity, and each of which has new emergent properties. Here we will take a high-level look at the eight fundamental thresholds of Big History and the material covered within each. […]

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European History

Ukraine and Russia: A Violent Identity Crisis

March 24, 2017

The history of Russia and Ukraine has been tumultuous, and marred by violence. Scholars have noted that Russia without Ukraine is a country, but Ukraine and Russia combined is an empire. As the conflict between regions continues, it’s hard to imagine a time when the relationship will finally be stable. […]

European History

Napoleon—The Rise to Power and History of Napoleon Bonaparte

March 21, 2017

Napoleon Bonaparte stands as one of the greatest self-made men in the history of the world. But exactly how did the second son of a minor noble on Corsica turn himself into Emperor of France and, arguably, the most influential figure of the 19th century? […]

British History

The Great Fire of London

January 24, 2017

By Professor Robert Bucholz, Loyola University Chicago The summer of 1666 was hot and dry. Most people were grateful because they thought that the heat would […]

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American History

Al Capone: Lord of The Chicago Underworld

January 4, 2017

Throughout American history, the names of certain criminals have taken on romantic associations. Al Capone is a case in point. Capone, who was born in 1899 and lived until 1947, became the leading organized crime figure in Chicago during the 1920s, when the unpopular Prohibition Amendment to the Constitution tempted thousands of citizens to cooperate with criminals to procure alcohol. […]

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