The 1938 Munich Agreement: A ‘Peace for Our Time’ Facade

Hitler signing the Munich Agreement, 30 Sep 1938 / Public Domain The Munich Agreement is commonly called the Munich Dictate by Czechs and Slovaks. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.02.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The Munich Agreement (Czech: Mnichovská dohoda; Slovak: Mníchovská dohoda; German: Münchner Abkommen) was an agreement regarding the Sudetenland Crisis among[…]

Byzantium and the First Crusade: Three Avenues of Approach

Peter the Hermit Preaching the First Crusade – From the Painting by James Archer / Wikimedia Commons Exploring reasons for misunderstandings between Crusaders and the Byzantine emperor. By Dr. Jonathan Harris Professor of the History of Byzantium Royal Holloway, University of London A recurring theme in the historiography of the First Crusade is that of[…]

Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome

Same-sex unions are an integral part of the long, complex and hotly contested history of marriage.   Interview of Dr. Gary Ferguson by Dr. Katherine Harvey / 01.19.2017 Ferguson: Douglas Huntly Gordon Distinguished Professor, University of Virginia Harvey: Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London In Same-Sex Marriage in Renaissance Rome: Sexuality, Identity, and[…]

Carnal Knowledge: Regulating Sex in England, 1470-1600

Exploring the ways in which the law was used to control sex in late medieval and Tudor England.   Interview of Dr. Martin Ingram by Dr. Katherine Harvey / 02.14.2018 Ingram: Emeritus Fellow in History, Brasenose College, University of Oxford Harvey: Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London Martin Ingram’s book Carnal Knowledge: Regulating Sex[…]

A History of Diasporan People from Ancient Rome to Today

Roman Triumphal arch (Arch of Titus) panel copy from Beth Hatefutsoth, showing spoils of Jerusalem temple / Wikimedia Commons Diaspora: “a scattering or sowing of seeds” – people or ethnic populations forced or induced to leave their traditional homeland. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.02.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The term diaspora (in Ancient[…]

Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond

A 16th century chart of Europe and North Africa. Luis Texieira, Portolan Chart, Lisbon, ca. 1600 via Wikimedia Commons Navigation using celestial objects is a skill that was practised long before humans roamed the Earth; animals used it, too. By Dr. Markus Nielbock Scientific Staff Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Figure 1: The Iberian Peninsula[…]