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The Boers and the Beginnings of South Africa – History of...

For many western audiences, when we think of the history of South Africa we think of Mandela, apartheid, and...then our knowledge kind of fades...
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The Great Partition 1947

Seventy-four years ago this week, India and Pakistan each declared their independence and partitioned the subcontinent into the newly defined nations of India and...
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History of Terrorism Part 6: White Terrorism in the South

Our podcast series on the History of Terrorism continues. This 2 part podcast episode looks at White Terrorism in the south after the Civil War. Be prepared for a look at a shameful American history you have probably never heard or considered. America's part in the history of terrorism did not start at 9/11. It started in the 19th century and it helps explain a lot of the domestic issues today.

Polio – The American Plague

Polio is an ancient disease but in the 20th-century, few plagues better captured the American spirit than polio did. Plagued: Humanity’s History with Disease, Outbreaks,...
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Kingdoms and Empires of Africa – History of Africa Part 2

A mysterious land of legend and mythology. An empire of Christianity completely distinct from Rome and Constantinople. The ugliest woman in the world. The...
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Things You Might Not Know About the Founding Fathers

This is a peak into things you might not know about the founding fathers and really about the weirdness of the founding fathers.
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Ordinary Men and the Others – The Ongoing History of Genocide...

It is easy to imagine the perpetrators of the holocaust as vile, wicked, evil people. The truth is more disturbing. The holocaust occurred because...
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The Boer Wars – History of Africa Part 12

This podcast episode continues the story of the Scramble for Africa and European imperialism, specifically in South Africa. In the last episode, we looked...

The History of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

It did not start with peace summits and oil. It also did not begin with unconditional US support of Israel and Saudi Arabia. The...
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Why is Latin America So Dysfunctional? Part Four – Cold Wars,...

This final post in my series on the history of US involvement in Latin America considers how Latin America was destabilized by constant American efforts from the Cold War to today.