Out of the Ashes: Europe’s Rebirth after the Second World War, 1945-1949

Examining Europe’s rise out of the ashes of the ruined continent to lasting stability, peace, and prosperity. This lecture seeks to explain why the Second World War, the most destructive conflict in history, produced such a contrasting outcome to the First. It suggests that the Second World War’s maelstrom of destruction replaced a catastrophic matrix[…]

How Two Introverted French Women Quietly Fought the Nazis

Lucy and Suzanne’s story shows that quiet, persistent rewriting of the narrative of oppression can be a powerful means of fighting back. Whenever Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe went into town to do some shopping, they also snuck messages to the Nazi occupation forces. Suzanne pulled a small note typed on a piece of thin[…]

Egyptologists’ Notebooks: An Interview with Chris Naunton

How European scholars, archaeologists, and Egyptologists explored an ancient culture. Dr. Chris NauntonHistorian and Egyptologist Introduction “The idea of a kind of intact tomb, at a certain moment where the archaeologist breaks through the door and lifts up a lamp to reveal the glint of gold everywhere. That’s become the defining moment for archaeology.” What[…]

Lost Civilizations of Ancient Anatolia: Göbekli Tepe

Ancient Anatolia is described as a melting pot of civilizations and cultures, a bridge between Asia and Europe, a fusion of East and West. By Nicholas Kropacek Introduction Göbekli Tepe is the world’s oldest example of monumental architecture; a ‘temple’ built at the end of the last Ice Age, 12,000 years ago. It was discovered in 1995 CE when, just[…]