The mailman delivered my degree, today. Hmn. Not as fancy as I thought it’d be. And it’s been a long wait: “Straight Pass” in June (2015), conferment in September, graduation in February, and now, (more…)

On July 16, 1945, some thirty-five miles southeast of Soccoro, New Mexico, something went: “boom”!

A little plutonium, a smattering of scientists, some military guys, a detonator and – just like that – the Anthropocene. OK, so much for tongue in cheek; the Trinity nuclear test was mankind’s first foray into the nuclear age: at least that’s how most historians teach it. The Trinity blast (name equates to an irony of ironies) was the capstone of the Manhattan Project, and a within days would become a weapon of war (more…)

Passions run deep in British history.

No further proof necessary than that of an eighteenth-century Frenchman, François-Marie Arouet, more commonly known as that great French philosophe, Voltaire. His 1759 publication Candide proved his attachment, if not outright admiration, for all things (more…)

The Caribbean often gets passed over in the study of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). The focus between the main belligerents, Great Britain and France, as well as the big prizes, India and North America, tend to overshadow any thoughts of the Caribbean as part of the worldwide wartime campaigns.

This is in error.

French and British holdings in the West Indies were significant, and the war did not merely (more…)

If we take a look at the political elite, Republican or Democrat, a commonality beguiles both sides. The Bush and Clinton dynasties must now deal with their Trumps and Sanders respectively. It’s not rocket science, though: whether on the left or the right, the everyday people are (more…)

The upcoming 2016 Spring semester will have students in my World History course learn what it is to “do” history. Further, I designed the “Naming Names!” project so that students can present there findings to the public, plus add a small “service learning” component to their historical studies. Here’s the gist: (more…)

A small band of so-called “militia” now occupies a tiny federal outpost in Oregon. Their discontent surrounds issues involving lands that are owned by the United State Federal Government and how they are managed. This “occupation” raises a central question that many have glossed over: why does the federal government own land in the first place? Additionally, why does the federal government’s land-holdings seem to heavily concentrate in the west?

The answer to the first question has to do with (more…)

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