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Sex, money, and the refusal of historical knowledge

My last post explored a baffling feature of our twenty-first-century world. Here we are deep into an era of hyper-free-market-ism, with all sorts of unexpected items coming up for sale; we’ve already brought… 981 more words

The drones club

Everybody’s heard of drones, right? They’re the latest Big Thing in western war making– pilotless-but-armed aircraft that circle for hours without refueling, allowing armies to gather information about once-inaccessible territories and attack enemies without warning. 895 more words

Historians and irony, Part II

My last post talked about historians’ irony, which I presented as a way of approaching the past, a tendency not a specific interpretation. Irony-friendly historians tend to see people as having a limited handle on their circumstances, and even on their own intentions. 882 more words

Sankofa, the Historian, and Social Justice

My archaeology students learned a word last semester that they now love to use whenever we have a class discussion about the benefits of studying the past. 715 more words

John Fea

Why study history, Monday update

Ta-Nehesi Coates has a terrific essay in The Atlantic about last week’s great National Prayer Breakfast Controversy.

Apparently Barack Obama had been asked to address this annual confab of Christian power-players, and in his remarks he suggested that today’s Islamic fundamentalists aren’t uniquely barbarous, crazy, or evil; in the course of history, Christians– even… 519 more words

Why History?

I have always been fascinated with history, but not just as a good story – there is a tremendous amounts of perspective that can be learned by studying history. 148 more words


Reflecting on "Why Study History?" Chapter 4

Hi friends,

Before Monday Night Football started, I wanted to finish another chapter of Why Study History?.  I’m glad I did.  I got to dive into the section on Providential History.   320 more words

John Fea