Abraham Lincoln: Embracing a New Technology for a Public Image

Read my lips (and forehead). Wikimedia Commons Abraham Lincoln brought commercial photographers on board. By Dr. Joanna Cohen / 10.31.2014 Lecturer in American History Queen Mary University of London Face It A virtual unknown on the national stage in 1860, Lincoln needed a public image in the run up to his first presidential campaign. Artists[…]

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville and the ‘Moral Geography’ of the Medieval World

Mandeville’s Travels was, for more than two centuries after its appearance in c.1356, of enormous influence and popularity in many fields of European culture. This paper discusses first its unprecedented generic eclecticism and its casting into the form of a first person narrative, and then proceeds to explore concepts of space and how a journey[…]

Humans Meet Metal: Copper from the Bronze Age to the Modern World

A Maitraka copper plate / Wikimedia Commons Archaeological evidence suggests that copper was first used between 8,000 and 5,000 BCE. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.21.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Between seven and ten thousand years ago, our early ancestors discovered that copper is malleable, holds a sharp edge, and could be fashioned into[…]