History, Memory, and the Power of Black Radio

From Black Perspectives by Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders: Between 1948 and 1950, a radio series called Destination Freedom aired on WMAQ, a local Chicago NBC station. Richard Durham created Destination Freedom in an attempt to profile significant African American historical figures and their contributions to American democracy and… Read More ›

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      The guns fell silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Over four years of incredible destruction came to a silent end. For the belligerent Central and Allied Powers the armistice brought… Read More ›

  • The Conspiracy of Free Trade: Interview with Marc-William Palen

    Marc-William Palen’s new book The “Conspiracy” of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846-1896 is relevant not only to historians of imperialism, capitalism, and economics, but to the 2016 American presidential primary election. Once again, free trade has… Read More ›

  • Margaret Sanger in Japan

    From Stanford University Press Blog by Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci author Contraceptive Democracy: Reproduction Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan: Margaret Sanger’s first visit to Japan in 1922 stirred public hype in Japan. Comparing it to the “black… Read More ›

  • The Racist Origins of Organic Farming

    From UNC Press Blog by Venus Bivar author of Organic Resistance:  The Struggle over Industrial Farming in Postwar France: The first French men to organise themselves in opposition to industrial farming, and they were indeed all men, included a neo-fascist,… Read More ›

  • Ten fascinating facts about the Marshall Plan

    From OUP Blog by Benn Steil author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. In 1947, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin’s rise in Europe, US officials under new Secretary of State George C. Marshall set out to… Read More ›

  • The Third Reich’s nuclear programme: Churchill’s greatest wartime fear

    From History Extra from Damien Lewis author of Hunting Hitler’s Nukes: The Secret Race to Stop the Nazi Bomb: That Hitler’s Germany might win the race to build the world’s first atom bomb was arguably one of Winston Churchill’s greatest wartime concerns,… Read More ›


    From the Recipes Project by Ida Milne: This season’s higher than normal influenza cases has inevitably drawn comparisons with the 1918-19 influenza pandemic, the worst in modern history.  It killed more than 40 million people, according  to the World Health… Read More ›

  • What were the social factors that led to the Renaissance in Italy?

    What were the social factors that encouraged and promoted the Renaissance in Italy in the period from 1350 to 1500. The Italian Renaissance was one of the world’s greatest period in culture and the arts. It produced writers such as… Read More ›

  • September 28, 1781: The Beginning of the End of the American Revolution

    From American Heritage by Christine Gibson: For six years, the specter of defeat had dogged Gen. George Washington’s every thought. As advantage after advantage slipped away, the American coffers dried up, and the most promising general betrayed the Revolution, it… Read More ›

  • Empire by Imitation?

    From Imperial & Global Forum by Marc-William Palen: Historians have been busy chipping away at the myth of the exceptional American Empire, usually with an eye towards the British Empire. Most comparative studies of the two empires, however, focus on… Read More ›

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    Cleopatra is perhaps one of the most recognized names of all ancient personalities. She is known as a clever temptress who helped reignite the Roman Civil Wars and oversaw the collapse of the Ptolemaic-Egyptian kingdom. Her life and death has… Read More ›