Mechanization of the Printing Press in the 19th Century

Véronique Pagnier, Stanhope Press from Fontaine de Vaucluse, France, Creative Commons Share Alike (2011). One of the important leaps in the technology of copying text was the  mechanization of printing. By Robin Roemer Introduction One of the important leaps in the technology of copying text was the mechanization of printing. The speed and efficiency of[…]

The Feudal Model in Social Analysis: From Medieval Europe to Contemporary America

Night of August 4th, abolition of feudality and fiscal privileges, by Léopold Morice / Photo by Teofilo, Wikimedia Commons Feudalism can be found in a range of societies across different time periods.   By Dr. Vladimir Shlapentokh (left) and Dr. Joshua Woods (right) Shlapentokh: Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University Woods: Associate Professor of Sociology,[…]

Feudal Japan: The Age of the Warrior

Japanese imperial family / Wikimedia Commons The collapse of aristocratic rule ushered in a new age of chaos — appropriately called the Warring States period (c.1400-1600) — in which military might dictated who governed and who followed. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.23.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction While most samurai warriors were men, some[…]

A Blow to Byzantium in the Second Crusade

A 15th century CE painting by Jean Fouquet depicting the Second Crusaders (1147-49 CE), led by Louis VII and Conrad III, as they arrive at Constantinople, by Jean Fouquet / Wikimedia Commons The Second Crusade was a serious blow to Byzantium’s carefully constructed diplomatic alliances. By Mark Cartwright / 07.17.2018 Historian Introduction The Second Crusade[…]