Large statue representing Shaka at Camden Market in London, England. (Image: Jacob Truedson Demitz/Public domain)
History

Shaka Zulu: Creator and Destroyer

July 18, 2017

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. […]

Closeup of hand with chopsticks taking roll. Ginger, soy, wasabi dish (Image: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock)
History

The Story of Japanese Cuisine

July 16, 2017

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. […]

European History

History of Bastille Day

July 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Bastille Day, 2017! Learn about the history and celebrations of July 14th from Professor Ann Williams, professor of French. […]

First flight of Wright (Brothers) 1903 Flyer
American History

The Importance of Experimenting: The Wright Brothers

July 8, 2017

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. […]

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. […]

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