Aztlán: The History and Mystery of the Aztec’s Ancestral Home

Unlike the Mayans, the Aztecs are not widely viewed or remembered with nuance, in part because their own leader burned extant Aztec writings and rewrote a mythologized history...

Milgram Experiment, The: The History and Legacy of the Controversial Social Psychology Experiment

“Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?" – Stanley Milgram  Among psychology...

Queen Zenobia of Palmyra: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Levant’s Most Famous Queen

Although the ancient world was for the most part a patriarchal place, more than a few women rose to prominence and were able to exert political power. Hatshepsut (ruled 1479-1458...

Battle of Lechfeld, The: The History and Legacy of the Conflicts Between the Germans and Magyars in Western Europe

Of all the steppe peoples in the medieval period, perhaps none were more important to European history than the Magyars. Like the Huns and Avars before them and the Cumans and...

Suez Canal, The: The History and Legacy of the World’s Most Famous Waterway

In 1831, a 26-year old French foreign service official by the name of Ferdinand de Lesseps was sent to Alexandria to serve as vice-consul. While undergoing an obligatory period of...

Lombards, The: The History and Legacy of the Germanic Group that Dominated Italy after the Fall of Rome

While many people are familiar with the Vandals’ sack of Rome, the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and the Byzantine Empire’s attempt to reunify the entire Roman...

Project Mercury: The History and Legacy of America’s First Human Spaceflight Program

The successful Apollo 11 mission was certainly an astonishing technological triumph, but what is less well remembered now are that many programs preceded Apollo and were...

Gangs of Chinatown, The: The History and Legacy of Chinese Street Gangs in America

Chinese gangs have been a part of the fabric of American Chinatowns since the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the nineteenth century to work on the railroads. Faced with...

Book of Revelation, The: The History and Legacy of the Apocalyptic Final Book of the Bible

About 2,000 years ago, a prophet named John wrote a book about his strange visions while he was in Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. This John, the Seer, the...

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, The: The History and Legacy of the First Attempt to Impeach an American President

During the presidential campaign in 1864, the outcome of the Civil War was still very much in doubt, and while the Republicans renominated Lincoln for the presidency, they made...

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