History

Biography: Mark Twain

Spring 2010

Mark Twain: The Whited Sepulchre

Mark J. Hulme

Mark Twain’s novels are some of the best examples of American literature. Though known for his humor, Twain shows a bitter edge in his later works.

Cupid's Disheartening Past

Winter 2010

Cupid’s Disheartening Past

Alice Abler

Despite his perpetually youthful appearance, Cupid is no neophyte. History shows that this veteran Valentine has been plying his trade since ancient times.

Cultic Convergence: Valentine's Day Traditions

Winter 2010

Cultic Convergence

Alice Abler

The title and image of the Queen of Heaven persist in popular religious tradition. Ancient pagan images took on new connotations as traditions were assimilated.

The Birth of a Legend

Summer 2009

The Birth of a Legend

Peter Nathan

The idea that the apostle Peter lived and died in Rome took on a life of its own after his death. Vision retraces Peter’s legendary rise to power.

Biography: Robert Peary, Arctic Adventurer

April 13, 2009

Robert E. Peary: Arctic Adventurer

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

Bruce Henderson’s True North: Peary, Cook and the Race to the Pole gives perspective for understanding those who attempt to explore where so few have gone before.

Box: Resurrection

March 23, 2009

Resurrection

Peter Nathan

In Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews, Kevin Madigan and Jon D. Levenson explain the term resurrection from the Hebrew Scriptures.

Two Emperors: Tutankhamen and Qin Shi Huangdi

March 23, 2009

Two Emperors Who Would Cheat Death

Stephen Elliott

Two of archaeology’s most fascinating finds are represented by separate museum exhibits. Both were emperors of powerful nations: but that is not all they had in common.

Biography: Geronimo: Finding Peace

February 16, 2009

Geronimo: Finding Peace

Alan MacIver

Biography of the Apache warrior Geronimo: a controversial figure who faced severely troubled times before his death on February 17, 1909.

War to End All War? Why It Didn't

July 21, 2008

The War to End All War: Why It Didn't

Gavin Barclay

World War I has been described as the war to end all war. The ensuing years—most notably, the Second World War—showed that this thought was ridiculously naïve.

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