American History

Thomas Jefferson and the History of US Foreign Policy

December 1, 2017

Thomas Jefferson’s election to the presidency in 1800 would lead to a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy, and his ideas regarding landed expansion and its relationship to liberty would dominate domestic policy for more than a century. […]

Ancient inca sculptures carved out from rock near Machu Picchu, Peru
History

The Rise of the Inca: From Rags to Riches

December 1, 2017

The historical accounts of the rise of the Inka from total obscurity to imperial fame is the definition of a rags-to-riches story. Their achievements in economy, government and architecture continue to resonate to this day. […]

Banknotes from different countries of ASIA
History

Asian Tigers: Economics and the Development of the Asian Nations

December 1, 2017

The Japanese model of development has transformed not only its own economy but also that of the entire region, both through example and through its economic relationships. The transformation began in the 1960s, when Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea embarked on a Japanese-style development model. […]

Colonial Jamestown
American History

American History: The Very First American Colonies

December 1, 2017

The first colonies planted by the British along North America’s Atlantic seaboard were organized, staffed, and supported as private commercial ventures, not by an imperial plan. For decades after the first colonies were established, the king and the Church of England were largely content to neglect them. […]

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. […]

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