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New Horizons for Early Modern European Scholarship
Since the consolidation of History as a professionalized discipline in the nineteenth century, the study of early modern Europe has stimulated some of its most provocative and creative scholarship. From Leopold Ranke to Jakob Burkhardt to Fernand Braudel to...
Delta of Power: The Military-Industrial Complex
The Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) is not what it used to be. The good news is that it continues to produce the world’s most dominant arsenal, even while imposing less of a “burden” on the country than during the Cold War. The bad news is that waste, fraud...
What Even Is Trauma?
Trauma was the word of the year in 2018, according to the Oxford Dictionary. That was the same year I decided my tenure working as a communications specialist in the federal government needed to end. I felt I had achieved all I was going to, and that it was...
Victorian Periodicals Review announces 2020 VanArsdel Prize Winner
The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals...
The Making of "The Making of a Tropical Disease" – The Sequel
I was approached by my editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press about preparing a revised second edition of my book The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria. The book was the first volume in the Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease...
The Chemistry of Fear: Harvey Wiley's Fight for Pure Food
Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley was the head of the Bureau of Chemistry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the precursor of today’s Food and Drug Administration. He is best remembered today as an important force behind the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act...