image of scroll with Egyptian hieroglyphs
Ancient History

Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs

June 30, 2017

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. […]

European History

The Ukraine-Russia Crisis Explained

June 24, 2017

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. […]

Hand-coloured photograph of the original Amber Room, 1931
European History

The Lost Treasure of the Amber Room

June 21, 2017

What incredible images are evoked by the lost treasure of the Amber Room of the Tsars, looted and spirited away from Russia during World War II. […]

image of Benjamin Franklin's walking stick
American History

Symbol of Liberty: Benjamin Franklin’s Walking Stick

June 19, 2017

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? — The History of Robert Morris

June 12, 2017

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

June 10, 2017

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. […]

Commemorative print of Abraham Lincoln with the text of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Print published in 1865. (Image: Everett Historical/Shutterstock)
American History

Dismantling Slavery: The Emancipation Proclamation

June 5, 2017

President Lincoln knew he had a moral obligation to abolish slavery. But as Commander-in-Chief of the Union army, the timing of emancipation had military consequences that would require careful consideration. […]

American family watching TV, 1958
American History

From Radio to Television: The History of Electronic Communication

May 20, 2017

In 1900, the invention of the radio was patented thereby cutting the cord of the great invention of the telegraph and allowing news and music to be broadcast to many people simultaneously. It wasn’t long before inventors figured out how to include picture with the audio and soon the television was born. By 1955, television had made its way into the living rooms of half of the American population. […]

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