First Impressions: Why We Keep Our Real Selves Hidden When We Meet New People


Meeting someone for the first time is like meeting yourself all over again.

The Burning of Columbia and the Persistence of Confederate Mythology

Looking Into the Past Columbia SC 1865

In the wake of the controversy which led to the closing of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, Louis Venters shares a blast from the Confederate past.

Zounds How You Scrape!


Last week, for the first time in his life, Alun Withey was the lucky recipient of a wet shave with a cut throat razor.

Why We Want to Believe Conspiracy Theories


Matthew Rozsa holds conspiracy theorists to the same standard of skepticism that they claim to use.

History Is the Beast That Will Not Die, Will Not Blink

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Keith Owens reminds us of the chilling truth that while some things have changed in the South, some things remain the same.

What the Romans Can Teach us About Immigration and Integration


The ancient Romans extended many of the same rights to immigrants and ethnic minorities as they did to the elite. And their empire lasted 500 years.

(Dis)ability? Living with Impairment in Early Modern Britain


Have we viewed disability in terms of what a person cannot do, as opposed to what they can?

Fart Catchers and Duck F***ers! The World of 18th-Century Slang


What does the commoners speech say about society?

Rome’s Forgotten Empress : The Strange Reign of Emporer Elagabalus


History has its share of powerful men who flouted tradition. Elagabalus went further than most.

Feminism Is Nerdy

Nerdy Feminism

Patrick Paglen explains how feminism is, in its own right, a nerdy interest.

Could You Catch an Arrow in The Air and Shoot it Back at Your Enemy? This Man Can.


Throw a beer tab and shoot an arrow through it? No problem. Welcome to 21st century archery.

How Welsh Medicine Helped to Create America!

how welsh medicine helped create america

How is a Welsh man linked to the establishment of a global superpower?

How Will History Treat Obama?


In all likelihood, history will treat Obama pretty well.

The Heroic Sufferer


Dr. Alun Whithey looks at how two men from the 18th Century expressed their suffering.

We Know It Can’t Happen Here


For years, James Stafford has watched how we compared everything to the horrors of Nazi Germany—killing of civilians, a militarized police state, torture—but that could never happen here, right?

Veteran’s Day and the Dead of Ox Hill


Brian Shea on remembering not just the honored, but the forgotten.