Monthly Archives: July 2011

Gout Makes a Comeback

Gout is making a comeback in the United States.  This disease causes serious inflammation, swelling, and pain—especially in the feet. During the medieval and early modern periods, gout was considered a disease of the nobility.  Manuscript correspondence of European nobles … Continue reading

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Extremism in Europe

The attacks in Norway have raised awareness of the threat posed by far-right extremist groups in Scandinavia and across Europe. Details are still emerging about the Norway attacks, but already Norwegians are reexamining their political culture, social structures, and laws.  … Continue reading

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America, France, and Revolutionary Film

United States and French histories have been closely intertwined since the American and French Revolutions of the eighteenth century.  American and French identities have been constructed in part through the concepts of sister republics, Franco-American friendship, and military alliance. Americans … Continue reading

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United States Debt Crisis and the French Revolution

The current debt crisis in the United States in some ways echoes the financial crisis in monarchical France during the 1780s. French historian Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published an interesting … Continue reading

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Remembering Victims of Norway Attacks

At least 92 people are dead and another 90 wounded from the bombing and shooting rampage in Norway on Friday 22 July. As a historian who studies the dynamics of violence, I want to remember the victims of the Norway … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary of First Bull Run

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War has begun, ensuring that every day over the next four years, there will be commemorations of each battle, skirmish, and political event of the war. Over 8,000 historical reenactors ventured out into … Continue reading

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54th Massachusetts Reenactors

As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War unfolds, historical reenactors are enthusiastically commemorating most of the major events of the war. African-Americans are apparently getting involved in Civil War historical reenactment in increasing numbers. One new group has … Continue reading

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