Is it possible to understand the whole of the past, from the beginnings of everything to the present day? Is it even possible to tell such a story? If so, what would the story look like? Welcome to the study of Big History.
History

Big History: Putting All of History in Context

December 1, 2017

Is it possible to understand the whole of the past, from the beginnings of everything to the present day? Is it even possible to tell such a story? If so, what would the story look like? Welcome to the study of Big History. […]

Obelisk's in Karnak Templ
Ancient History

Erecting an Obelisk: A Monument of Egyptian Grandeur

December 1, 2017

One of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s greatest achievements were the obelisks that she had quarried and erected at Karnak Temple. Let’s talk about just what a great achievement it was—how difficult it was to quarry an obelisk and to erect it. In some ways erecting an obelisk was harder than building a pyramid. […]

Illustration of the return visit made by Viceroy Lord Canning to Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu & Kashmir on 9 March 1860 (Image: By Simpson, William (1823-1899)/Public domain)
British History

British India: How Britain Lost the Jewel in the Crown

December 1, 2017

In 1858 India formally became a direct possession of the British Crown, and become known as the “Jewel in the Crown.” To justify their rule, the British argued that they were going to bring superior European culture and political institutions into a backward continent. It was their of own doing, however, that Britain lost control over the nation. […]

Konstantin Pobedonostsev
History

Konstantin Pobedonostsev—The Crankiest of all Russian Conservatives

December 1, 2017

Konstantin Pobedonostsev, was probably the most powerful and influential intellectual in Russia during the final decades of tsarist rule. From 1880 to 1905, he served as Chief Procurator of the Holy Synod, and in this position he was the layman in charge of administering the entire Russian Orthodox Church. […]

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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