What famous American backed La Follette in ’24, Smith in ’28, and Landon in ’36?
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Who did Lord Acton think was the great hero of the American Civil War?
In one trial by ordeal, people were found innocent if they sank in water. But were they in fact fished out before they died?
A beautiful and strange diptych by Jan van Eyck.
A famous portrait that also serves as a memorial to women dying in childbirth.
Niall Ferguson, May 4th: My disagreements with Keynes’s economic philosophy have never had anything to do with his sexual orientation. It is simply false to suggest, as I did, that his approach to economic policy was inspired by any aspect of his personal life. Niall Ferguson, May 7th: Not for one moment did I mean […]
A description of trade among Australian hunter-gatherers from David Graeber: In the 1940s, an anthropologist, Ronald Berndt, described one dzamalag ritual, where one group in possession of imported cloth swapped their wares with another, noted for the manufacture of serrated spears. Here too it begins as strangers, after initial negotiations, are invited to the hosts’ […]
David Hume on Wat Tyler’s rebellion.