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Usamah Ibn Munqidh (1095-1188): Autobiography
The autobiography of Usamah Ibn Munqidh offers a window in the Middle Eastern world and how the Europeans, or Franks, were viewed.
A History of Russia - A Book Review
How much do you know about the history of Russia? Most of us know only what we have seen in documentaries or movies. How much that is true can be debatable. There is one book that you need to read if you are seriously considering: A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky and Mark D. Steinberg.
Humanism as the Foundation of the Reformation
When religious scholars began to read the original texts and look back to classical and early church writings, humanism stepped in to help those that were appalled by the actions of the church to bring it back to the format and heart of the original church that could be found in the New Testament.
Affairs of Honor - A Book Review
If you are looking for a book that dives into early American political history from a different viewpoint than you get with most books, then you might be interested in Joanne B. Freeman’s Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic.
Manufacturing Revolution - A Book Review
Too often we think that studying a moment in history is easy and very black and white. Events such as the American Revolution are more than just one side against another. There are many with various factors causing the altercation to actually be a quite complicated event.
The Soviet Reason for Agriculture Collectivism
Part of Stalin’s plan was to pull the entire agriculture of the nation into a policy of collectivism. It was a political move to expand power and create more control over the people of the Soviet Union.
The Beauty of the Silver Age of Russian Culture
The Silver Age of Russia was a revival of the Golden Age of Russian literature that extended beyond the written word and touched every part of Russian culture.
Great Reforms of Alexander II
During the reign of Alexander II, many reforms were instituted that changed Russia forever. These reforms brought the nation in line with Western Europe and helped the nation find a firmer footing within itself and with the rest of the world. Yet, these reforms did not come without a cost.
Night - A Book Review
We read about historical events, and we watch documentaries and movies. But to make it real, we read personal accounts. A well-written and personal account of the Holocaust is found in Elie Wiesel’s book, Night.
Humanism Making Religion Personal Again
As Luther “carried the study of Ovid, Virgil, and Cicero, in particular, farther than was customary with the professed students of Humanism, and the same with the political works of more modern Latin writers”, he began to find the personal side of religion.
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