The Beginning and Growth of European Overseas Imperial Ambitions in the 16th Century

Hernán Cortés / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Reinhard Wendt / 12.03.2010 University Professor Head of the Department of Modern European and Non-European History University of Hagen Introduction The development of European world rule, founded in the 16th century, exhibited considerable regional and temporal deviation in terms of its extent and character. The framework of colonialism and[…]

Mark Twain’s Adventures in Love as an Aspiring Author Courting a Beautiful Heiress

The wife and daughters of Mark Twain. Albert Bigelow Paine By Dr. Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD / 02.12.2018 Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy Indiana University The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of one of the great courtships in American history, the wooing of an unenthusiastic 22-year-old Olivia Langdon by a completely smitten 32-year-old Samuel[…]

Galileo and the Renaissance

Ottavio Leoni, Portrait of Galileo, 1624, engraving and etching (Fitzwilliam Museum) By Dr. Joseph Daubin / 08.09.2015 Distinguished University Professor of History The Graduate Center City University of New York The Life of Galileo Renaissance artists—painters, sculptors and architects—had been observing nature with a special interest in depicting it faithfully and realistically from the early 15th century on.[…]

Largest Early World Map Set to Be Unveiled at Rumsey Map Center

Urbano Monte’s planisphere, digitally stitched together. Source: Rumsey Map Center By Ahmed Kabil / 02.01.2018 Historian Near the end of a century of unprecedented change, four Japanese boys stopped in Milan on their way back home to Japan. They’d been sent as the first Japanese Embassy to Europe three years earlier by the Jesuit missionary Alesandro Valignano. Their[…]

The Study of History and the Rise of Civilization

Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.12.2018 Historian Editor-in-Chief, Brewminate The Study of History Splitting History How Do We Write History? The word history comes ultimately from Ancient Greek historía, meaning “inquiry,” “knowledge from inquiry,” or “judge.” However, the question of what kind of inquiries historians pose, what knowledge they seek, and how they interpret the[…]