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. […]

Business and Economics

What Caused the Great Depression? Exploring the Smoot-Hawley Tariff

December 1, 2017

To see how economic mistakes can repeat time and again, you need look no further than recent history. The Great Depression was the result of a combination of protectionism, populism, and nationalism that combined with bad government policy to make a toxic brew that mired the U.S. and much of the world in an economic downturn for nearly a decade. These collapses demonstrate how easy it is to assume large-scale economic failures are isolated when in fact they are immersed in long-standing philosophies and can have immense global ramifications. […]

Professor's Perspective

To Find the Truth About Climate Change, Follow the Money

November 14, 2017

In a recent article in The Washington Post, author Michele Lerner reports that by the year 2100, nearly 2 million homes in the U.S. could be susseptible to flooding due to climate change. We asked Professor Michael Wysession to weigh in on the matter. […]

The Torch Podcast

Historians Weigh In On The Confederate Statue Debate: The Torch Podcast

October 17, 2017

Recent events in Charlotesville, VA have reopened a national debate about how we should deal with public statues commemorating Confederate figures. These are tough questions with no easy answers, and Historians are often as divided as the general population on this topic. In this Torch episode, history professors Allen Guelzo from Gettysburg College, and Edward O’Donnell from College of the Holy Cross discuss the matter from both sides. […]

Food—A Cultural Culinary History Podcast

Dutch Treat—Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco

October 2, 2017

In today’s podcast, we’ll follow the conquests of the Dutch, the British, and the French, and we’ll discuss how the trade in a group of entirely superfluous, edible, luxury items changed the focus of the global economy and the global cuisine. […]

Professor's Perspective

Apprenticeships for Children

July 19, 2017

Apprenticeships for Early Childhood Education?Dig into the question of when to start preening children for a particular skill set with Professor Timothy Taylor. […]

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