Monthly Archives: May 2013

WWII Soldier who Inspired the Dirty Dozen?

Jake McNiece, a sergeant in the U.S. 101st Airborne Division during the Second World War, died this year at the age of 93.  McNiece led a squad of paratroops who became known as the “Filthy Thirteen,” which may have become … Continue reading

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Machiavelli’s Il Principe at 500

Political theorists and Italian studies scholars are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Principe (The Prince), which was written in 1513 and published in 1532. Machiavelli’s Il Principe is a brief treatise on the art of governing that … Continue reading

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Remembering the Lafayette Escadrille

Each Memorial Day, the Escadrille Lafayette (or Lafayette Squadron, but commonly referred to in English as the Lafayette Escadrille) is honored in France. The Lafayette Escadrille was formed during the First World War, as American students in France created a … Continue reading

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Religious Politics and Protest in France

Religious political groups have mobilized against France’s new gay marriage law, organizing a massive protest in Paris yesterday, Sunday 26 May. An estimated 150,000 protesters participated in “La Manif pour tous” (the protest for everyone). This phrase is a counterattack … Continue reading

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Digital Tools in Archival Research

Historians have been using digital tools in archival research for some time now, but news media are finally beginning to pay attention to digital humanities. An article in the New York Times reports on historians’ use of digital cameras in … Continue reading

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Saving Manuscripts in Timbuktu

When Malian rebels and Islamist militants took control of Timbuktu last year, they targeted Sufi shrines and cultural heritage sites they viewed as idolatrous. They also aimed to destroy medieval manuscripts that they consider heretical and secular. Most of Timbuktu’s … Continue reading

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Interactive ebooks

A new generation of ebooks have arrived: interactive ebooks. Readers who remember the Choose Your Own Adventure children’s books and other interactive books of the 1980s will get the idea. An interactive ebook of The Thirty-Nine Steps, a classic spy … Continue reading

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