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  • The Greek Philosophers Top Ten Booklist

    Ancient Greek Philosophers living from the 6th century BCE until the demise of Plato’s famed academy in 529 CE has a profound influence on Western though. What is amazing is how their influence was able to survive and influence societies… Read More ›

  • The Best Historians and Books According to James McPherson

    In 2014, the New York Times published a brief interview with noted Civil War historian James McPherson, The George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. McPherson is considered to be the dean of Civil War historians…. Read More ›

  • What was Plato’s academy and why did it influence Western thought?

    .The Academy, founded by the philosopher Plato in the early 4th century BCE, was perhaps one of the earliest institutions of higher learning. While it was not like a university where people would enroll and obtain advanced degrees, it functioned… Read More ›

  • Alexander the Great Top Ten Booklist

    Creating a top ten list for books on Alexander the Great is not easy, since few ancient historical figures have been written about as much. Everything from his complex personality and his sexual life to his military and logistical tactics… Read More ›

  • Voodoo, Kidnapping and Race in New Orleans during Reconstruction: Interview with Michael A. Ross

    The Oxford University Press published The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era by Michael A. Ross, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. Ross’s first book, Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller… Read More ›

  • American Legal History Top Ten Booklist

    These are our Top Ten legal history books. Why do we like these books? Besides being awesome, we believe that these are some of the most exciting legal history books we have read. These books helped us think about legal… Read More ›

  • The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798: Interview with Terri Halperin

    The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 were four laws that were passed by the predominantly Federalist Congress and signed by John Adams to strengthen the national security of the United States. These acts not only restricted the ability of… Read More ›

  • What was the dominant medical sect in the United States during the 19th Century?

    Nineteenth-century medicine was characterized by constant competition among three major medical sects: Regulars, Eclectics, and Homeopaths.[1] Each of these medical sects not only meaningfully disagreed on how to treat illnesses and diseases, but sought to portray their type of practice… Read More ›

  • Why was the worship of Mithra so popular?

    Today the god Mithra or Mithras is not recognized by many in the West. Mithra is often seen as just one of the many gods that was once worshiped in Europe, the Near East, and South Asia. However, in the… Read More ›

  • Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Fathers and Christianity: Interview with Sam Haselby

    Recently on Twitter, a debate broke out between Annette Gordon-Reed, Sam Haselby, and John Fea on the nature of Thomas Jefferson’s religious beliefs. The debate centered on the questions of whether or not Thomas Jefferson could be described as a… Read More ›