Babe Ruth in a Kimono: How Baseball Diplomacy Fortified US-Japan Relations

Tokyoites watch Hideo Nomo pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Sony Plaza on June 30, 1995. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP Photo By Dr. Steven Wisensale / 03.27.2018 Professor of Public Policy University of Connecticut On Feb. 9, 2001, an American submarine, the USS Greenville, surfaced beneath the Ehime Maru, a Japanese ship filled with high school students[…]

From Populism to the Progressive Era in the United States, 1900-1912

President Theodore Roosevelt / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. David J. Trowbridge Associate Professor of History Marshall University Introduction The depression of the 1890s seemed a distant memory by the early years of the twentieth century. The economy had rebounded and farm prices stabilized. Some US companies profited handsomely from the expansion of the navy and[…]

Were the Crusades Bound to Fail?

A battle of the Second Crusade (illustration of William of Tyre’s Histoire d’Outremer, 1337) / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Nicholas Morton / 03.25.2018 Senior Lecturer in History Nottingham Trent University Looking back from the Twenty-First century, one of the most easily-identifiable facts about the medieval Crusades to the Holy Land is that they conspicuously failed. The crusaders were obviously[…]

The Early Medieval Rise and Spread of Islam

Medieval Persian manuscript depicting Muhammad leading Abraham, Moses and Jesus in prayer / From The Middle Ages. An Illustrated History by Barbara Hanawalt (Oxford University Press, 1998), via Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.28.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Pre-Islamic Arabia 1.1 – The Nomadic Tribes of Arabia The nomadic pastoralist Bedouin tribes inhabited[…]

What Does the Acropolis Mean? A Conversation with Historian Thomas Gallant

View of the Parthenon from the Propylaea, 1805, Simone Pomardi. Sepia, Sepia, 21 5/8 x 29 1/8 in. The Packard Humanities Institute Six questions for the historian about the monument in history and the imagination.    By David Saunders and Annelisa Stephan / 01.08.2016 Saunders: Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum Stephan: Editor and Content[…]

Ancient Greek Mystery Cults and the Mother Goddess

Orphic Prayer Sheet, 350–300 B.C., Greek. Gold, 1 7/16 x 7/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 75.AM.19. Gift of Lenore Barozzi Mystery cults were an exception to the public and communal nature of ancient Greek religion. By Erin Branham / 03.20.2013 Education Specialist for Family Programs Getty Villa Ancient Greek religion was, by definition, public and[…]