Aleppo marketplace

Making Sense of Syria

Can Syria's history help us understand the situation there today? 
A Republican satire on Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech

Has the Famous Populist “Cross of Gold” Speech Been Unfairly Tarred by Anti-Semitism?

July 9 marks the 120th anniversary of Populist leader William Jennings Bryan’s famous "Cross of Gold" speech at the 1896 Democratic National Convention.
Francisco "Pancho" Villa (1877–1923), Mexican revolutionary general, wearing bandoliers in front of an insurgent camp. By Bain News Service, publisher.

Why Did Pancho Villa Invade the U.S.?

The 100th anniversary of Pancho Villa's invasion of the U.S. raises the question of why he did it.
Elizabeth Eisenstein

In Memoriam: Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, who passed away this year at the age of 92, played a significant role in shaping our understanding of the print revolution. 
"The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor", lithograph depicting the 1773 Boston Tea Party

Taxation Without Money

If we'd listened to Ben Franklin back in 1766, would we be listening to Ted Cruz in 2016?
Children playing at the St. Francis Square Housing Development Play Center

St. Francis Square: How a Union Built Integrated, Affordable Housing in San Francisco

How a union built integrated affordable housing in early 1960s San Francisco.
Refugees on Igdir road © Armenian National Institute, Inc. Elder Photo Collection

As Armenians Mark 100th Anniversary of Genocide, Turks Resolutely Dismiss Their Claims

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that Switzerland violated Turkish socialist party chairman Doğu Perinçek’s freedom ...
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo



Art and the Spoils of War

The Nazis weren't the first looters of European art treasures.
"Cremation in Japan-J. M. W. Silver". Licensed under Public Domain via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cremation_in_Japan-J._M._W._Silver.jpg#/media/File:Cremation_in_Japan-J._M._W._Silver.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>

The History of Cremation in Japan

Although Buddhism propelled the popularity of cremation across Asia, its staying power, particularly in Japan, has been for practical reasons.

Sex, Gender and Cultural Pathology: The Entertainment Trump

A look into Trump and the societal obsession with controlling gender and sex.