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Which languages have grown and spread? Which have changed, and which get cultivated as “classical” fossils? A rollerskate tour of history with a somewhat different take than the usual.
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The original rollerskate tour of the impact of disease on world history. One of the books that has influenced my thinking the most.
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Richard Nixon was the perfect embodiment of the Paranoid Style in American politics.
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How the Wasserman test for syphilis moved from a vague discovery to an established scientific fact.
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Before the agricultural revolution, there was the String Revolution: how and why women invented textiles, and why textiles are quintessential women's work.
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Good on archaeology, soul-searingly good on the colonial era, the only significant gap is that there is little about Islam.
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The book that made Paul Krugman want to be a psychohistorian when he grew up. I wanted to either be a psychohistorian, or to just be Isaac Asimov.
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A rollerskate tour of the current state of scholarship on this pivotal but ill-understood period in European history.
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A journalist weaves together stories of archaeological discoveries, the Cultural Revolution, and the changing economic and social landscape of 21st-century China.
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How the experience of the First World War was translated into poetry and literature — and how much of it remained ironically unspeakable. Now supplemented with images from the mundane to the harrowing. Actually posted on November 11, 2009.
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