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. […]

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. […]

Japanese family in traditional clothing (Image:Marzolino/Shutterstock)
History

Japanese Family Life: A Historical Perspective

May 8, 2017

Japan’s 2,000-year-old civilization grew through periods of seclusion and assimilation to cultivate a society responsible for immeasurable influences on the rest of the world. Here, we’ll take a peak at how Japanese family life evolved over ten centuries. […]

Image of a historical book and magnifying glass to illustrate searching historical information.
Ancient History

Can We Truly Know The Lives of Historical Figures?

March 28, 2017

We have a problem in everyday language when we want to talk about “what happened” in the lives of historical figures. What happened is surprisingly complicated, even when we wish to explain an event that occurred earlier today, much less the actions of a person living 2,500 years ago […]

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. […]

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