Using Physics to Read Scrolls from Herculaneum

Teeming with secrets… edella/Shutterstock European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them. By Dr. Joanna Paul / 01.29.2015 Lecturer in Classical Studies The Open University The [2014] announcement that European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them attracted widespread attention. At first glance, this[…]

Transnational History: Subject and Approach

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Creative Commons By Dr. Klaus Kiran Patel / 12.03.2010 Professor and Chair of European and Global History Maastricht University Abstract This article delineates the subject and approach of transnational history and relates it to European history. It shows that transnational history was neither developed specifically for European history nor had its origins in[…]

Comparative History

By Dr. Thomas Welskopp / 12.03.2010 Professor of Philosophy and Theology Universität Bielefeld Abstract This article traces the fate of historical comparison in the discipline of history and discusses its function, capacities, and theoretical and methodological foundations. So long as the discipline of history was informed by historicism and thus emphasized individuality, it was profoundly[…]

‘Historical Mesoregion’: A Concept in Cultural Studies and Historiography

Location of geographical mesoregion of Mezőföld (red) and macroregion of Alföld (gray) within subdivisions of Hungary. / By Miaow Miaow, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Stefan Troebst / 03.06.2012 Professor of Cultural History and Eastern Europe University of Leipzig Introduction The research design of “historical meso-regions” (Geschichtsregionen) is a transnational comparative method that has been developed in the historical subdiscipline of[…]

The New Face of Provenance Research in Art History

Many new web-based tools are available for provenance research—digitized archival resources as well as queryable databases from individual collecting institutions 70 years after World War II and 20 years after an international accord to identify Nazi-looted art, more resources are becoming available to trace artworks’ stories and find their owners. By Kelly Davis / 02.27.2018[…]

A Transcultural History of Europe – Perspectives from the History of Migration

Migrants are escorted through fields by police as they are walked from the village of Rigonce to Brezice refugee camp on October 23, 2015 in Rigonce, Slovenia. Thousands of migrants marched across the border between Croatia into Slovenia as authorities intensify their efforts to attempt to cope with Europe’s largest migration of people since World[…]

Early American Historiography at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Photo by Henry Mühlpfordt / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Mark Boonshoft / 08.26.2017 Assistant Professor of History Norwich University 1966 was a transformative year in popular music. The Beatles released Revolver; Dylan put out Blonde on Blonde; and the Beach Boys dropped Pet Sounds. Even fifty years later, those three albums sit atop many respectable lists of the best all time albums.[…]