Many of us strive to avoid talking politics at a big holiday feasts. But in Homer's Greece, feasting was all about politics.
The "Thucydides trap" refers to the theory that when a rising power threatens a ruling power, the result is often war. Are the U.S. and China headed there?
On the law and mythologies of haunting, from antiquity to today.
Captain James Cook had secret orders to to search for a predicted Southern Continent. He ended up claiming New Zealand and part of Australia for the U.K.
After 1938's Munich Agreement, "appeasement" became a dirty word in international relations. But scholars argue that appeasement can be a useful tool.
In early nineteenth-century England, forging currency was considered to be such a subversive threat that it was punished with the death penalty.
Maria Theresa, the King of Hungary, ruled over the "accidental" Austro-Hungarian Empire, overseeing social, administrative, fiscal, and religious reforms.
Since World War I, the connections between pest control and war have been scientific, technological, institutional, and metaphorical.
There are still tribes living in the Amazon rain forest who carry on their traditional way of life and rebuff attempts at contact.
In 1880s London, an anti-prostitution campaign, anti-immigration feelings, and a deep class divide set the scene for the Jack the Ripper media frenzy.