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Hitler’s Laziness

Originally posted on The Bully Pulpit:
“Adolf Hitler – remarkably, in a man whose father was the son of an illegitimate housemaid – had grown up with the middle-class confidence…

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: Joan Holloway’s apartment, 42 West 12th Street.

Ready for some more Mad Men Geography? This very fashionable address is on West 12th Street, and is evidently the apartment of Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the extremely buxom, … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 26: Ludwick’s Revolutionary War-era bakery molds.

I love it when I can do entries in this series about everyday objects that have become historical by virtue of simply having survived. You wouldn’t expect to see cookie … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The last thing Lincoln ever saw: the play “Our American Cousin.”

One hundred and forty-nine years ago tonight, April 14, 1865, was the most famous “night out” in American history. On that Friday evening Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Decider speaks: my (fictional) conversation with George W. Bush.

Last night I had a dream about George W. Bush. I dreamed that I was at his presidential library–which in reality is called the George W. Bush Presidential Center–and happened … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rome’ s Masculine Imperium

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
The ancient Romans admired the characteristics that they believed allowed them to establish hegemony over their rivals. It comes as little surprise then that the hyper-masculine…

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 25: Japanese townsman statue.

  Not much is known about this statue of a retired townsman, which was created in Japan sometime during the late 17th or early 18th century. It’s about 17 inches … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Our Great Father is Gone: the death of Constantine I.

I was asked to write this post by Robert Horvat, curator of the great History of the Byzantine Empire blog (and the If It Happened Yesterday It’s History blog). It … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 1 Comment
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