British Literature

H. G. Wells and the Quest for Utopia

March 9, 2017

Many of H. G. Wells’ science fiction stories contain fantastical utopian overtones. What was the historical impact of including these utopian settings within the context of his writings? And, relatedly, is there a way to see utopia as being inherently part of the science fiction project? […]

Ancient History

The Dramatic History of Islamic Medicine

March 7, 2017

Al-Razi was known as the father of Islamic medicine — in fact, many of his medical texts became classics that were still consulted in the Middle East and Europe hundreds of years after his death. Examine the life and work of al-Razi, and explore the development of hospitals across the Greater Middle East, and reviews the contributions of another great medical mind, Ibn Sina. […]

Classical Philosophy

Socrates, Alcibiades, and Ambition

March 4, 2017

By Robert C. Bartlett, PhD, Boston College To begin to understand Socrates, it is best to consider how Plato presents Socrates as a teacher. The most […]

European History

Machiavelli: Cruelty Well Used

February 21, 2017

By William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo One of the questions we might ask Machiavelli is how important is glory as […]

Double page illustration of the Sack of Baghdad in 1258 by Rashid-ad-Din's
History

The Mongol Sack of Baghdad in 1258

February 9, 2017

By Eamonn Gearon, MA, Johns Hopkins University The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic […]

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