Seven Historical Facts about the Tower of London

Tower of London / Wikimedia Commons By Helen Birk / 02.01.2017 18th Century History The Tower of London city is a 900-year-old castle and fortress, standing guard on the banks of the River Thames. It is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners. At almost every chapter in London’s[…]

Crime and the Law in Early Modern England

Mural on the wall of St Thomas the Martyr, Salisbury / Wikimedia Commons Dr. Wrightson examines the problem of order in early modern society, focusing on crimes of violence and upon property crime. In examining violence, he notes the existence of special cases geographically (the borderlands) and socially (aristocratic violence) before looking at the lower[…]

Led By Bannon, Right-Wing Power Grab Gaining Steam in Executive Branch

President Donald Trump and chief strategist Steve Bannon. (Photo: Getty) “If you’re still trying to convince yourself that a 21st century coup is not underway, please, please snap out of it,” says Michael Moore By Deirdre Fulton / 01.31.2017 President Donald Trump, chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and a select few[…]

Witchcraft and Magic Paranoia in Early Modern England

An Assembly of Witches, by Frans Franken II, 1607 / Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Lecture by Dr. Keith Wrightson / 10.20.2009 Randolph W. Townsend, Jr. Professor of History Yale University Magic Remains of Ursula Kemp, Excavation near St. Osyth, Essex / Wikimedia Commons In 1921 a group of workmen working on the highway near the village[…]

History of the Soviet Union, 1929-1934: Chinese Railway Incident to the Year of Great Change

Soviet Square (now Minin & Pozharsky Square), 1930. Dmitry Tower of Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin on the background. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum / 12.28.2015 Professor of Russian and European History Michigan State University Chinese Railway Incident Sun Yat-Sen, 1866-1925 / Wikimedia Commons The year 1929 found the Soviet Union’s fortunes in the Far[…]