History Filter
  1. Tim Harford: The Undercover Economist

    Economist and journalist Tim Harford blends insights on technology, business, and, economic history into accessible and engaging posts on a wide range of topics, from inequality to social media.

    Business
  2. The Beauty of Antiquity

    Avid traveler and photographer Heather Bean shares a collection of detail- and texture-rich photos from the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

    Art
  3. The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume

    Sometimes it takes a touch of darkness (from the “glandular sacs of dead musk deer” to particularly putrid flowers) to create something alluring.

    Culture
  4. John Wayne Gacy and the Birth of the Murderabilia Industry

    “Some people collect out of historical interest, some see it as a natural extension of their interest in true crime, while others may see it as a way of keeping controversial artifacts out of the public eye. And, of course, some collectors just get a kick out of owning something attached to a dark history.”

    Art
  5. When Love Wins

    Sahitya Poonacha reacts to the Supreme Court of India’s landmark decision to decriminalize gay sex: “Society still has a long way to go, but now with the court on love’s side, it gives the confidence to the people who are afraid.”

    Current Events
    Photo by Kandukuru Nagarjun (CC BY 2.0)
  6. Plodding Through The Presidents

    American history buffs, this one’s for you: Howard Dorre, who’s reading (and blogging about) a biography of every U.S. president, has published numerous posts on arcane-yet-fascinating aspects of the presidency.

    Commentary
  7. Estonian Cuisine. Eesti Toit.

    When Ruta’s daughter moved halfway around the world from Estonia, she kept asking her mom for recipes for the dishes she was missing. The result is Estonian Cuisine, an introduction to the Baltic state’s culinary culture.

    Cooking
  8. all about Madonna

    Celebrate the pop icon’s 60th birthday by diving into the rich archives of all about Madonna, where you’ll find news, interviews, magazine stories, and other materials going back decades. 

    Culture
  9. #SixWivesNoHenry: Ann Foster Is Here to Make History Fun

    Writer and historian Ann Foster takes us on in-depth Tudor time travels, picking apart convoluted family trees and 16th-century political intrigue with ease and wit.

    History
    If this is expression you normally associate with history, Ann Foster is here to show you a new way. (Photo by Can Pac Swire via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0))
  10. In Search of Beirut’s Collective Memory

    Journalist Iain Akerman follows Mona El Hallak, a Lebanese architect and activist, as she tries to reconstruct facets of the city’s past through the archive of a long-defunct photographer’s studio.

    Culture
  11. Architecture
  12. A Beast for the Ages

    Why do we love (and fear, and kill) polar bears with so much intensity? At Longreads, Michael Engelhard, a wilderness guide and anthropologist, looks into the Arctic predator’s grip on our imagination.

    Animals
  13. Ann Foster

    Writer Ann Foster focuses on the intersection of women, history, and pop culture, with deep dives into the lives and stories of figures both well-known and half-forgotten.

    Essay
  14. In Sudan, Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late

    At Undark, Amy Maxmen follows the archaeologists and scientists who are racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilization of Nubia.

    Culture
    Photo by Neil Brandvold (Undark)
  15. Philately. Lately.

    Lovers of all things postal, rejoice! At Philately. Lately., Poland-based blogger Octavian shares treasures from his vast stamp collection, one post (no pun intended. Maybe.) at a time.

    Art