From asparagus to pâté de fois gras, early modern ice cream was decidedly different from plain chocolate and vanilla.
At a time when people from the "wrong" places were entering the U.S., missionaries tried to recruit immigrants they found acceptable.
The pro-cremation movement of the nineteenth century battled religious tradition, not to mention the specter of mass graves during epidemics.
Being difficult to understand on the other end of the line was a badge of masculinity.
So tender was Emperor Ai’s love for his "male companion" that, when he had to get up, instead of waking his lover, he cut off the sleeve of his robe.
After a massive factory fire in 1911, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to stage a "symbolic funeral."
One scholar explains how the LGBT movement became focused on advancing the rights of a narrow set of people at the expense of its once-radical vision.
Walter Rodney’s radical thought and activism led to his eventual killing by a bomb in Guyana, in 1980.
The charivari (or shivaree) was a ritual in which people on the lower rungs of a community called out neighbors who violated social and sexual norms.
Mulligatawny soup started as a simple South Indian broth but was changed to appeal to British palates.