Commemorative print of Abraham Lincoln with the text of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Print published in 1865. (Image: Everett Historical/Shutterstock)
American History

Dismantling Slavery: The Emancipation Proclamation

June 5, 2017

President Lincoln knew he had a moral obligation to abolish slavery. But as Commander-in-Chief of the Union army, the timing of emancipation had military consequences that would require careful consideration. […]

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Professor's Perspective

French Election Predictions

May 5, 2017

The final French elections are coming this Sunday. What would their victory mean for France and the world? […]

Businessman playing chess game reaching to plan strategy for success
Business and Economics

Games That Businesses Play—3 Famous Examples of Failed Business Strategy

April 10, 2017

Sun Tzu reminded us of the importance of analyzing your enemy, understanding your competitor. This is crucial in business strategy, as well as in the military. Strong businesses put themselves in the shoes of their rivals, and they try to anticipate how those competitors will react. And they use that information to help them plot a more effective strategy. […]

Ukrain vs Russia rivalry
European History

Ukraine and Russia: A Violent Identity Crisis

March 24, 2017

The history of Russia and Ukraine has been tumultuous, and marred by violence. Scholars have noted that Russia without Ukraine is a country, but Ukraine and Russia combined is an empire. As the conflict between regions continues, it’s hard to imagine a time when the relationship will finally be stable. […]

Historical painting showing Alexander Pushkin (Image: By Orest Kiprensky /Public Domain)
British Literature

How Pushkin Discovered Shakespeare

February 19, 2017

By Irwin Weil, PhD, Northwestern University In 1825, a group of aristocrats attempted an uprising on a St. Petersburg square. Naïvely, given that they had […]

Concept for studying triggers in behavioral economics
Business and Economics

Behavioral Economics: How “Triggers” Affect Your Decisions

February 15, 2017

A trigger is any stimulus in the environment that makes us think about a related concept or idea. How do businesses and marketing professionals use this psychological phenomena to their advantage? Welcome to the world of behavioral economics. […]

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? […]

professor Hayden Bellenoit
History

A History of British India: The Torch Podcast

February 6, 2017

On this episode of The Torch, host Ed Leon and professor Hayden Bellenoit discuss the complicated and tumultuous British rule of India. Listen in as they examine the global saga of colonialism and imperialism, including the clashing interests of commerce, culture, and sovereignty that it created. […]

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