mask of Tutankhamun
Ancient History

The Mask of Tutankhamun

February 21, 2017

“One thought and only one was possible. There before us lay the sealed door, and with its opening we were to blot out the centuries and stand in the presence of a king who had reigned 3,000 years ago. My own feelings as I mounted the platform were a strange mixture, and with trembling hand I struck the first blow…” […]

European History

Machiavelli: Cruelty Well Used

February 21, 2017

By William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo One of the questions we might ask Machiavelli is how important is glory as […]

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins near Masvingo in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa - Image
Ancient History

Great Zimbabwe: Stone Ruins of a Civilization

February 15, 2017

By Professor Kenneth P. Vickery, North Carolina State University Welcome to Great Zimbabwe, a site that flourished in the late Iron Age—the late 1st millennium C.E.—in the […]

statue of liberty
American History

Symbols of Freedom: The Statue of Liberty

February 14, 2017

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, recognized around the world, and it heralded this wave of immigration that gave America a much more diverse face, though it didn’t start out that way, or with that purpose in mind. […]

Double page illustration of the Sack of Baghdad in 1258 by Rashid-ad-Din's
History

The Mongol Sack of Baghdad in 1258

February 9, 2017

By Eamonn Gearon, M.A., Johns Hopkins University The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic Golden Age. The […]

British History

British India: An Era of Economic Uncertainty

February 8, 2017

How did one of the most vibrant commercial centers in the global economy drift toward colonialism, and how did this set the stage for an eventual conquest of India, by both regional Indian and foreign powers? […]

professor Hayden Bellenoit
History

A History of British India: The Torch Podcast

February 6, 2017

On this episode of The Torch, host Ed Leon and professor Hayden Bellenoit discuss the complicated and tumultuous British rule of India. Listen in as they examine the global saga of colonialism and imperialism, including the clashing interests of commerce, culture, and sovereignty that it created. […]

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 […]

Statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial
American History

The Inauguration of Thomas Jefferson

January 20, 2017

There was no question in Thomas Jefferson’s mind but that his inauguration as the third President of the United States meant a completely new start for […]

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