What if Carthage Won the Punic Wars? An Alternative History of the Conflict Between Rome and Carthage

The Punic Wars spanned more than a century, brought the loss of approximately 400,000 lives, and eventually led to the utter defeat and destruction of Carthage, but it was no...

Tony Curtis: The Life and Career of a Hollywood Golden Boy

“Shining shoes as a boy, shining on-screen as a star, shining even among the blinding bright lights of Las Vegas that became his adopted home, Tony Curtis was never less than a...

Black Bart: The Life and Legacy of the Wild West’s Most Notorious Gentleman Bandit

There was no shortage of targets for thieves in the West, and some infamous criminals struck dozens of times. Billy the Kid was rumored to be responsible for 21 deaths, and Jesse...

Umayyad Caliphate, The: The History and Legacy of the Second Islamic Kingdom Established After Muhammad’s Death

The split between the two forms of Islam was already in the process of forming upon the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad had constructed around himself not only a potent...

Weird Rome: A Collection of Mysterious Stories, Odd Anecdotes, and Strange Superstitions from the Ancient Romans

The ambitious and fearless emperors who built the legendary Roman Empire from scratch, the broad-shouldered and bronzed gladiators with their iconic plume helmets and glinting...

Sandinistas, The: The Controversial History and Legacy of the Socialist Party’s Revolution, Civil War, and Politics in Nicaragua

For much of the 20th century, Latin American governments in large part lived under a system of military junta governments. The mixture of indigenous peoples, foreign settlers and...

Studebakers, The: The History of the Studebaker Family and Their Classic Cars

“The automobile has come to stay. But when a man has no business, it is a rather expensive luxury, and I would advise no man, be he farmer or merchant, to buy one until he has...

Alexander the Great and the Achaemenid Persian Empire: The History and Legacy of the Macedonian King’s Campaign against the Persians

Over the last 2,000 years, ambitious men have dreamed of forging vast empires and attaining eternal glory in battle, but of all the conquerors who took steps toward such dreams,...

Remembering the World Wars in Britain: The History and Legacy of British Commemorations and Their Social Memory of the Conflicts

There is extensive empirical literature about memorialization, but very little theory despite the fact people have been commemorating events for millennia. The term is generally...

Saber-Toothed Tigers and Woolly Mammoths: The History of the World’s Most Famous Prehistoric Mammals

It is difficult to ignore the effortless cool of a saber-toothed tiger. The fanged feline was equipped with the savage strength of a lion, the lethal stealth of a puma, the...

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