Genes and Genealogy and Making the Most of Famous Relations – Or Not So Much

Before you attribute a trait to a famous ancestor like George Washington or Marie Antoinette, you might want to see how much DNA you actually share with these people. It’s not what you thought. Digging up one’s genealogical roots is second only to gardening in popularity as a hobby and can be much more exciting.[…]

An American Socialite and the Biggest British Constitutional Crisis Since Henry VIII’s Divorce

It was the biggest constitutional crisis since Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon. By Anna Pasternak It was the biggest constitutional crisis since Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon – except this time everyone agreed who the villain was. On December 10, 1936, Edward VIII renounced what Winston Churchill called “the greatest throne in history,”[…]

Senate Nominations and Confirmations: An Historical Overview

From its earliest years, the Senate has jealously guarded its power to review and approve or reject presidential appointees to executive and judicial branch posts. Introduction In its history, the Senate has confirmed 126 Supreme Court nominations and well over 500 Cabinet nominations. In the 19th century, the Senate referred few nominations to committees. Since[…]

Vast Early America: Three Simple Words for a Complex Reality

Teaching early American history needs to be expansive and accurate, not mythologized. American history courses usually begin with the peopling of the Americas, then move on to European colonization and the crisis of the British colonies. Tethered to the East Coast, historical attention turns west again as the United States expands its territorial claims in[…]

A Cursus Honorum Dropout: The Life and Works of Apollinaris Sidonius (c.430-483 CE)

Although a saint, a bishop, and an important figure in a turbulent age, Sidonius is remembered particularly because of his somewhat dubious literary talents. By Dr. Lynn Harry Nelson Emeritus Professor of Medieval History The University of Kansas Introduction Europe in 451 CE Although a saint, a bishop, and an important figure in a turbulent[…]

An Overview of India’s Ancient Civilization

This period of ancient Indian history is known as the Vedic age, as it was depicted in the earliest Indian writings, called the Vedas. Introduction Urban civilization first appeared in ancient India with the Indus Valley civilization in the early third millennium BCE, in what is today Pakistan and north-west India. This was contemporary with other early civilizations[…]

The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters and Art of Prehistoric India

The earliest cave paintings here are about 30,000 years old. Introduction The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site in central India that spans the prehistoric paleolithic and mesolithic periods, as well as the historic period.[1][2] It exhibits the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent and evidence of Stone Age starting at the site in Acheulian times.[3][4][5] It is located in the Raisen District in the Indian state[…]