The Hope Diamond (Image: Unknown/Public domain)
American History

The Curse of The Hope Diamond

March 12, 2017

There had been, over the years—even decades—numerous stories about how the Hope Diamond carried an ancient curse. Several commentators questioned the wisdom of accepting the diamond. If the Smithsonian was the national museum of the United States and it acquired the Hope Diamond, then the country would own it. Would the American people then be cursed? […]

Ancient History

The Dramatic History of Islamic Medicine

March 7, 2017

Al-Razi was known as the father of Islamic medicine — in fact, many of his medical texts became classics that were still consulted in the Middle East and Europe hundreds of years after his death. Examine the life and work of al-Razi, and explore the development of hospitals across the Greater Middle East, and reviews the contributions of another great medical mind, Ibn Sina. […]

(Image: El Greco 1973/Shutterstock)
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 […]

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, MA, Johns Hopkins University The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic […]

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? […]

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