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Medicine Woman

Despite her fragile health and the chauvinism of the time, Susan Anderson brought compassion and competence to the medical profession in a still wild West. 

The Crown Lost at Sea

The sinking of the White Ship, a vessel carrying the English king Henry I’s sole heir, was a disaster from which anarchy would follow. 

Do You Padge?

With big costumes and bigger audiences, pageants were the pastime of choice in the early 20th century. 

Between Galileo and Newton

Christiaan Huygens has been long overshadowed by Isaac Newton. But he is the better example of a modern scientist. 

The Price of Life

Africa’s continuing dependence on external credit is no accident. Today, it cripples the continent’s economy. From the 16th century, it funded the Atlantic slave trade. 

The Rock of the English Kingdom

Despite her valiant efforts on their behalf, Margaret of Anjou would lose both her husband and her son in the dynastic tragedy of the Wars of the Roses. 

The Shanghai Race Club

Though horse racing was a symbol of British colonialism, it became a surprisingly inclusive pastime in China’s major International Settlement. 

Before Empire

In its earliest days, the East India Company was seen not as a threat to Asia’s elites, but as a means of strengthening their powers.

Why Study the Past?

History can teach, inspire, warn, include and exclude; its uses change to fit the present moment.