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Buc, Holy War, Marytrdom, and Terror

Buc, Phillipe. Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror: Christianity, Violence, and the West, ca. 70 C.E. to the Iraq War. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 164 more words


Exploring the Meanings of the Great Wall of China Today

The concept of the Great Wall as a national symbol and the ideas based on or derived from it constitute a myth for Waldron. From a negative symbol to a national pride, the meanings of the Great Wall are very fluid. 791 more words

Cultural Studies

On Being Human Redux: The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, by Ian Tattersall

An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. 1,702 more words


Rebecca Goldstein explains the Enlightenment

All of us have some notion about what the Enlightenment was—probably something like “an emphasis on reason rather than authority.” And that’s largely correct, but let’s have an expert explain it to us. 1,079 more words


"The Cave and the Light"

This is a great piece of intellectual history. Looking now at the cover, I can see why few people would bother to read it or pay any attention at all. 1,116 more words

Book Reviews

Famous historian Wang Fansen (王汎森) reflecting on research on the May Fourth Movement



来源:政治思想史杂志 微信公众号2015年5月5日

For the original website see here.  229 more words

Academic Analysis

Rescuing the Eighteenth-Century Church of England from the Enormous Condescension of Posterity

by Emily Rutherford

I think I’ve found the biggest gap in the secondary literature of all time. As long ago as 1860, the Oxford priest and historian Mark Pattison noticed that historians tended to overlook the Church of England in the eighteenth century. 1,172 more words

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