The History of the Mobilization of Land in Early Modern Europe

The Pyrenees as seen from orbit / NASA, Public Domain By Dr. Frank Uekötter / 05.03.2012 Reader in Environmental Humanities University of Birmingham Abstract In the history of land, different dimensions overlap which are, strictly speaking, not interdependent. Land was simultaneously sovereign territory, the basis of agricultural production, a repository of mineral resources, a space to[…]

Fire at the Crystal Palace: The ‘End of an Era’

By Dr. Chris Hilton / 11.30.2016 Former Senior Archivist Wellcome Library Eighty years ago, on 30 November 1936, a huge fire lit up the night sky over London. The Crystal Palace in South London had caught fire and as the colossal structure blazed, Londoners had a preview of what many would experience four years later in the Blitz: orange[…]

Dogs Love to Play, but They Don’t Do So for Pleasure

Andy McLemore/Flickr/Creative Commons    By Dr. Raymond Coppinger (left) and Dr. Mark Feinstein (right) / 05.04.2016 Coppinger: Professor Emeritus of Biology Feinstein: Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science Hampshire College A Jack Russell terrier tears in and out of its doggie door, skidding and sliding on a hardwood floor, only to repeat the performance over[…]

Language and Its Development

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.15.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction to Language 1.2 – Introduction 1.1.2 – Overview Language is the ability to produce and comprehend both spoken and written (and in the case of sign language, signed) words. Understanding how language works means reaching across many branches of psychology—everything from basic[…]