Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Academics / History / Popular


Get More Specific:

Standing Up For Citations

The question of how sources ought to be cited in a work of non-fiction history came up again this past week with the release of Karen Abbott’s new book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. The book tells the story of four women, who engaged in various acts of espionage […]

Flint dagger with bark hilt found in Denmark

Archaeologists from the Museum Lolland-Falster discovered a flint dagger with a bark-wrapped hilt while surveying a site in southern Zealand that will be a part of the Fehmarn Belt Link, an underwater tunnel connecting Germany and Denmark. The dagger is about 3,000 years old, dating to the Early Bronze Age, a time when bronze was [...]

Missouri town remembers 1864 massacre

A memorial dedication is scheduled Sunday for a group of Civil War heroes who didn’t don military uniforms but died defending their homes. On Oct. 10, 1864, a group of old men and teenage boys rode or walked out of the town of Emma, in central Missouri, to meet an enemy four times as large. All 26 died when attacked by bushwhackers. Read full article >>

This Day in African History ? Namibia Achieves...

The German mandated territory of South West Africa was given to South Africa in 1915 by the League of Nations. In 1950 South Africa refused a UN request to give

A Hip-Hip Hamilton Coming to the New York Stage

Early next year Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Alexander Hamilton is scheduled to open Off Broadway in New York. Miranda, who won Tony and Grammy Awards for In the Heights, performed some of this material as “The Hamilton Mixtape” at an evening of poetry at the White House in 2009 and at Lincoln Center. Show More Summary

Louvre crowdfunds to buy gorgeous Teschen Table

It’s a cultural institution throwing a bake sale to secure a national treasure again, this time the Louvre museum in Paris which needs the funding power of the crowd to purchase the Teschen Table, a masterpiece of 18th century goldsmithing, mineralogy and furniture-making that has an illustrious political history to boot. The table is priced [...]

A Visit With Governor Andrew

Today I took advantage of a day off from work and beautiful weather to drive down the coast to the Hingham Cemetery to visit the final resting place of Governor John A. Andrew. The headstone is very simple, but a few years after his death a group of admirers commissioned a beautiful statue sculpted in […]

The Construction of “Liberty Hall”

From Michael Quinion’s World Wide Words I learned that the phrase “Liberty-Hall” appeared in print in Britain at the same time the American colonies were demanding British liberties as well. The first appearance was in a 1770 song penned by the actor and writer George Alexander Stevens (1710-1784, shown here). Show More Summary

Housesteads latrines

Housesteads Roman Fort is tops for historic Roman toilets says English Heritage Reconstruction drawing of the interior of the latrines at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall The loo legacy left by the Romans has made Northumberland tops when it comes to historic toilets. English Heritage has awarded the number one spot to Housesteads Roman […]

Playing Civil War in 1862

Here is an interesting little find from Slate’s history blog. In 1862 the Philadelphia publishing company Charlton and Althrop released this board game to promote patriotism and Union throughout the North. You advance on the board by landing on spaces that support the Union cause and lose ground by landing on spaces that threaten it. […]

Bronze Age palace, burials unearthed in Spain

A team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) excavating the Bronze Age archaeological site on the La Almoloya plateau in the southeastern Spanish municipality of Pliego have unearthed residential and government buildings and 50 tombs. The plateau’s steep slopes made it a highly defensible location that was occupied from 2,200 B.C. to 1,550 B.C. [...]

Key property added to Cedar Creek Battlefield

A large piece of Shenandoah Valley farmland that played a supporting role in the Battle of Cedar Creek  on Oct. 19, 1864, has been preserved with a conservation easement costing $2,272,000. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation of Woodstock, Va. Read full article >>

Economic Community of Central African States

What is the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS-CEEAC?

Portrait of the Artist as a World Traveler

On the left side of Johann Zoffany’s group portrait of the Royal Academy in 1771-72, toward the back of the crowd, is an unusual face for eighteenth-century London: a Chinese artist named Tan Chitqua.The Oxford Dictionary of National...Show More Summary

What’s In a List? I’ll Tell You

Megan Kate Nelson’s new post at Historista is sure to keep the controversy surrounding James McPherson’s recent New York Times “best of” list alive. There are two issues discussed in her post that I think are best kept separate even though there is some overlap. First, Megan highlights the extent to which academia remains an […]

Head of goddess found at Arbeia Roman fort

A volunteer with WallQuest, a community archaeology project excavating Arbeia Roman fort in South Shields at the easternmost end of Hadrian’s Wall has discovered a carved stone head of a goddess. The small figure is just over three inches high and is finely carved. She wears a mural crown — a crown in the shape [...]

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC