From Brooklyn to Palm Island: The Life of Alphonse Gabriel Capone

Creative Commons He would earn the name Scarface and lead one of the most notorious crime syndicates in history. By C.J. Oakes / 06.24.2017 Al Capone was born at the end of the 19th Century in Brooklyn in New York City to Italian immigrants. Eventually, he would earn the name Scarface and lead one of the most notorious crime syndicates in history[…]

Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini: A Trifecta of 20th-Century Tyranny

Seduction, propaganda, and ultimate power and control. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.05.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Benito Mussolini and Fascism in Italy (1922-1939) Mussolini in an official portrait / Wikimedia Commons Benito Mussolini, born into a poor blacksmith’s family, was so named by his radically socialist father (his mother was a devout Catholic schoolteacher)[…]

The Medieval English King’s Escheator

Edinburgh Castle / Photo by Becks, Wikimedia Commons The escheator was the local official responsible for upholding the king’s rights as feudal lord. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 07.26.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The escheator was the local official responsible for ‘escheats’, that is broadly speaking for upholding the king’s rights as feudal lord, and[…]

The ‘Middle’ Ages: What’s in a Name?

15th Century medieval marketplace / Wikimedia Commons Like many European concepts, the Middle Ages is one which eventually reached all parts of the world, shaping how people think about Europe and its people. By Dr. Miri Rubin Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History Queen Mary University of London Introduction Like many European concepts the[…]

Conspiracy Theories as Part of History: The Role of Societal Crisis Situations

Nero didn’t really fiddle while Rome burned – he wasn’t even there. Examining the link between societal crisis situations and belief in conspiracy theories.    By Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen and Dr. Karen M. Douglas / 07.01.2017 Prooijen: Associate Professor of Psychology, VU Amsterdam Douglas: Professor of Social Psychology, University of Kent Abstract In the present contribution, we examine[…]

Searching for Neurological Diseases in the Julio-Claudian Dynasty of the Roman Empire

The Julio Claudian Ravenna Releie / Creative Commons Descriptions of the diseases of some of these emperors may indicate diagnoses such as epilepsy, dystonia, dementia, encephalitis, neurosyphilis, peripheral neuropathies, dyslexia, migraine and sleep disorders.    By Dr. Carlos Henrique Ferreira Camargo and Dr. Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive / 10.17.2017 Camargo: Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Hospital Universitário, Serviço[…]