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Boko Haram's Appeal in Nigeria Explained

Boko Haram's violence has led to thousands of deaths and displaced over a million people. What explains their appeal in northern Nigeria?


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Alphabetical List of All African Countries with...

Alphabetical list of all African countries as of 2015, with state capitals and the names of each state as known within their respective countries.

This Blog named one of 10 History Blogs to Follow

Recently, The Ancient History Encyclopedia named us one of 10 history blogs to follow. See the following link:

Has the Face of Confederate Heritage Changed in the Past 50 Years?

The most common image of Americans asserting their pride in Confederate heritage over the past few weeks has been a parade of pick-up trucks decked…

How Early-20th-Century Americans Taught Their Kids To Be Thrifty 

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This government pamphlet, from 1918, is a relic from the thrift movement of the 1910s and 1920s. Show More Summary

Remains of soldiers in mass grave show toll of Napoleon’s Russian campaign

In late 2001, workers doing construction on the site of a former Soviet Army barracks in a northern suburb of Vilnius discovered a mass grave which fragments of military uniforms identified as the final resting place for more than 3,000 soldiers and support staff of Napoleon’s Great Army who died during the horrific retreat from [...]

The Fight in Boston Harbor: A Vexillological Footnote

During last week’s investigation of the conflicting accounts of the June 1776 fight in Boston harbor that ended with the capture of troop transport ships from Scotland, Boston 1775 reader Peter Ansoff sent a message with some additional information. Show More Summary

“…time would terminate the domestic contact of the races in the United States.”

As I mentioned yesterday, in the course of looking through my notes to compile a couple of lists for a blog post or two, I ran across something that I had forgotten. When rereading it, I thought it might be of value to go ahead and post it. It might come as a surprise to […]

Double Genocide

I met Yitzhak Arad in the cafeteria of his upscale retirement home outside Tel Aviv. To his enemies, this short man, softened by age and bundled in long sleeves against the facility’s overzealous air conditioning, is a kind of Jewish...Show More Summary

Five oversized Bronze Age axes found in Jutland Christmas tree farm

Just before Easter of this year, Christmas tree farmer Esben Arildskov asked a metal detecting friend Bent Rasmussen to survey a field on his farm in the village of Boest near Nørre Snede in Jutland, Denmark. Bronze artifacts had been found on the field before, and Arildskov wanted to be sure any historic artifacts were [...]

The Internet Never Forgets

You may remember a few months ago a story that I covered concerning two North Carolina high school students, who were photographed waving Confederate flags…

Causes and Efforts to Control Soil Erosion in...

Soil erosion in Africa threatens food and fuel supplies. Many efforts to stop erosion have failed, but recent research and policies are charting new directions.

Who is Hissène Habré and what is...

In July 2015, Hissène Habré, also known as Africa’s Pinochet, was put on trial in Senegal for crimes against humanity. Who is he and what is accused of?

Remembering Revere in Revere

The city of Revere on Boston’s North Shore was named after Paul Revere in 1871, just a decade after Henry W. Longfellow’s poem turned the silversmith into a historical celebrity.This weekend Revere Beach is hosting its annual International Sand Sculpting Festival. Show More Summary

Calling All Public Historians

Yesterday’s post about my good friend John Hennessy left me wondering what, if anything, has taken place or is being planned in museums, historical societies…

Birmingham Qur’an folio one of world’s earliest

A partial Qur’an manuscript in the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library has been radiocarbon dated to between 568 and 645 A.D., which makes it one of the earliest Qur’ans known to survive, perhaps even the earliest. The Prophet Muhammad lived around 570 to 632 A.D., so the sheep or goat who whose skin was [...]

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