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A Walpurgisnacht fable: the seductive myth of Nazi occultism.

Sixty-nine years ago today, on April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the ruins of Berlin. This act effectively ended the Nazi regime and World War … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 10 Comments

Godspeed the hours: the “Curse of April” is almost over!

This post is about nothing substantive other than the fact that I hate the month of April and am very glad that today is the last day of it. But … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 29: “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

This amazing painting, depicting the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France in December 1804, has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I think it’s one … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Zombie Rebellion” update: they’re rolling off the presses!

I got a wonderful package the other day–a whole box full of print copies of my upcoming book Zombie Rebellion, which comes out June 3! As you can see from the … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tragic paradise: the story of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island.

Two hundred and twenty-five years ago today, on April 28, 1789, 20 men of the British warship HMS Bounty mutinied against their captain, William Bligh, and took over the ship. This is … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street.

This post is more history than anything else, and its connection to Mad Men is tenuous–it is mentioned, but never seen, in a line of dialogue in a season 4 episode … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mashup Storypitch: “You Only Come To Dinner Twice.”

This is the second in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial commonality, … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Battle of Kapyong: a forgotten battle, in a forgotten war. (Australians at War)

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(Sergeant S.K.J. “Len” Lenoy, who was killed in action at Kapyong while commanding a machine-gun section with A Company. Image…

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 28: the chronometer from the HMS Beagle.

This object is obviously famous because of its association with Charles Darwin, the scientist who developed the theory of evolution and who first got the idea while on the 1831 … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

The literal past: a college student’s view of history.

I’ve been teaching history at the college level for almost 4 years now. I love it and teaching is clearly the job I was born to do, but, like every … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 6 Comments
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