Andrew Johnson, Impeachment, and Reconstruction

Boston Public Library, Flickr, Creative Commons How have historians interpreted the impact of the failed impeachment attempt of Andrew Johnson? By Dr. Alan Gevinson Specialist Assistant to the Chief, NAVCC Library of Congress Project Director, American Archive of Public Broadcasting, Library of Congress Council on Library and Information Resources Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of[…]

Islamic Spain in the 15th Century

The Great Mosque of Córdoba turned church after the Reconquista / Photo by Berthold Werner, Wikimedia Commons Was it a beacon of enlightened sophistication snuffed out by barbaric Dark Age Europeans, or the arena of a clash of eastern and western civilizations?  By Dr. Brian A. Catlos / 06.10.2018 Professor of Religious Studies University of Colorado at Boulder[…]

More than Blood and Bling: Our Many Visions of the Vikings

What does a 21st century Viking look like? Anthony Devlin/PA The Vikings have an enduring appeal in the popular and academic consciousness. By Dr. Steven Ashby / 03.06.2014 Professor of Archaeology University of York The Vikings have arrived at the British Museum. This exhibition, the first of its kind for decades, is notable for its scale and ambition. That[…]

Elephants in Ancient Indian Warfare

This war scene shown in a temple frieze in the Kailashanatha Temple depicts the use of chariots and elephants in warfare during the period of the imperial Rashtrakutas (eighth to tenth centuries CE). Location: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. / Photo by Sengai Podhuvan, Wikimedia Commons Ancient Indians continued to believe in their efficacy even when the ground results showed otherwise. By Dr.[…]

`Bharata’: A History of Ancient India

Map of the Indo-Saka – Indo-Scythian Kingdoms / Image by World Imaging, Wikimedia Commons Homonid activity in the Indian sub-continent stretches back over 250,000 years and it is, therefore, one of the oldest inhabited regions on the planet. By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 11.12.2012 Professor of Philosophy Marist College India is a country in South Asia whose[…]