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Information: A Historical Companion
Book Reviewby Zhihui Zou

Information: A Historical Companion

The internet only changes how people process information instead of creating the idea of 'information.' As soon as humans developed writing around 3400 BCE, we found many ways to record information from tax records to poetry and from legal...
The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Book Reviewby Evan Axel Andersson

The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

In the book's Introduction, Edward Watts sets out his premise clearly. Roman politicians grew their power by destabilizing the present conditions of their society. As Watts points out, when trying to restore Rome, politicians often violated...
Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia
Book Reviewby Graham Squires

Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia

When I first saw the title of this book, I was excited to read it. Many studies on the Silk Road focus on its eastern end in China or its southern sections in the Middle East, but few scholars have looked at the relationship between Central...
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan
Book Reviewby Sneha Kushwaha

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

The story of the Mughal Empire is a fascinating one. It has most of the historical elements that one might expect out of an empire: powerful male rulers, wars of succession, magnificent buildings, conflicts between religious and non-religious...
Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse
Book Reviewby Zhihui Zou

Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse

Although it was published in 1995, Richard R. John's Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse remains a must-read in the media history academia. This book practically shaped today's academic research in this genre...
Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England
Book Reviewby Bradford Lee Eden

Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England

There are many books, both scholarly and popular, that discuss one of the most seminal events in English history: the Norman Conquest of 1066. Perspectives of the Anglo-Saxons, the French, the Normans, and the various populations living in...
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