Category Archives: History in the Media

Afro-Atlantic Histories

A massive art exhibition on Afro-Atlantic Histories recently opened at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) in São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition includes early modern, modern, and contemporary artworks depicting Afro-Americans and their experiences in Brazil and the Atlantic … Continue reading

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The Eighty Years’ War and the Birth of the Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is inaugurating a major new exhibition on the Dutch Revolt (or the Eighty Years’ War) next week. The curators explain that “This year is the 450th anniversary of the outbreak of the Eighty Years’ War, and … Continue reading

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Suffocating Democracy

Historian Christopher R. Browning (who is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) just published a provocative essay on the suffocation of democracy in the United States, drawing comparisons between current American politics and the politics … Continue reading

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Remembering the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

I will be offering my course, HIST 414 European Wars of Religion, 1520s-1660s, at Northern Illinois University beginning next Monday. Just in time for the beginning of the semester, today is the anniversary of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in … Continue reading

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Renaissance Map Forgery

The auction house Christie’s has withdrawn an allegedly forged Renaissance map from its auction listings after scholars and map dealers questioned its authenticity. The map is a print of Martin Waldseemüller’s famous 1507 world map, one of the first to … Continue reading

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Ken Burns Defends the Humanities

Historical filmmaker Ken Burns delivered the Jefferson Lecture at the National Endowment for the Humanities on 9 May 2016. Inside Higher Ed reports that “Ken Burns, the documentary maker who brought the Civil War, the histories of baseball and jazz, … Continue reading

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President Obama to Visit Hiroshima

The Washington Post reports that President Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan. This would be a historic visit, since Obama would be the first United States President to visit Hiroshima during his administration. “President Obama will make a historic trip this … Continue reading

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