Monthly Archives: October 2013

A CEO’s Advice: Study History

So you want to be a CEO? Study History. That’s the advice of a former CEO of the Seagram Corporation. Edgar M. Bronfman studied History at Williams College and McGill University before launching a career in business. Bronfman argues that … Continue reading

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War and Disease

Disease almost always accompanies warfare. Historians of the European Wars of Religion, the Napoleonic Wars, and the First World War have studied the connections between warfare and epidemic disease in great detail. The Syrian Civil War is now producing a … Continue reading

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A Botched Hanging and the History of Executions

A convicted drug smuggler is facing a second execution in Iran, after surviving his first execution. The BBC reports that “the condemned man, named as Alireza M, was found alive in a morgue after being hanged at a jail in … Continue reading

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Another Disaster in the Central Mediterranean

Another boat filled with at least 200 African migrants has wrecked in the central Mediterranean, this time off the island of Malta. At least 33 people are reported dead in this latest tragedy. Maltese forces rescued 147 migrants by boat … Continue reading

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Tragic Boat Wreck off Lampedusa

A week ago, a boat carrying African migrants heading for Sicily wrecked off the small island of Lampedusa in the central Mediterranean. The boat, apparently carrying more than 500 people, became disabled and then began to capsize merely 800 meters … Continue reading

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Preaching and Snake-Handling

Originally posted on Center for the Study of Religious Violence:
Pentacostal Christian churches in the Appalachian Mountains are known for their snake-handling preachers and congregants. Several famous anthropological and sociological studies have been done on the Appalachian Pentacostals and their…

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Journal of Religion and Violence Special Issue

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The Journal of Religion and Violence recently published a special issue on René Girard’s mimetic theory. Here is the table of contents: 1:2 – Table of Contents SPECIAL ISSUE: René…

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