Mao Zedong is famous for extensive use of propaganda in China during the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, and often when historians talk about propaganda, China is one of the first examples discussed. While the examples of propaganda span the decades, propaganda also spans the world. There are excellent examples of British, French,… Continue reading There is No Mao-nopoly on Propaganda
By Zamirah Hussain **Editor's Note: This is one of several posts commissioned by our Spring 2019 intern, Colleen Coyle. Zamirah Hussain is a junior American Studies major interested in the intersection of race, gender, and popular culture.** The Reconstruction era following the Civil War held an unusual amount of progress for women and African-American people.… Continue reading The Destruction of Reconstruction: An Intro
CentreTrail intern Colleen Coyle takes over the podcast, interviewing two of her favorite Spanish professors, Dr. Chantell Limerick and Dr. Laura Chinchilla about what role the topic of history plays in the Spanish classroom.
Our intern Colleen Coyle joins us this week to talk about relics and other objects and spaces that people like to commemorate, from a President's prosthetic leg to computerized renditions of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
I've already written a little about the decision between taking a gap year and jumping straight into graduate school, but once you answer that question you still have to decide where you might want to go after the gap year. I'll provide a couple of questions that you might want to think about when making… Continue reading Graduate School 101 for the Curious History Major
We have been busy this spring around here, with lots of good and important work to do, but the preparatory work for future classes never really stops either. A few weeks ago I took a major step towards developing a new class for Centre Term in 2020. Centre Term, as a quick reminder, is our… Continue reading Doing New Things
John and Tara celebrate Opening Day in the United States by talking about the subject of John's book coming out this summer: baseball... in Taiwan! Come for tales of imperialism and cultural interaction across the Pacific, stay for slightly graphic accounts of intensive high school baseball training sessions.
This week we talk about Tara's latest publication, a book chapter about multiracial communities in antebellum Ohio. We discuss Quakerism and slavery in North America and the complexities of multiracial identities and communities in early nineteenth century Ohio.
So having just returned from the Latin American Studies conference in Austin, graduate school is on my mind. I am taking time after graduation to serve in the PeaceCorps and I have been thinking a lot about why I made that decision. In this article, I am going to explain why I believe a gap… Continue reading Why Every History Major Should Seriously Consider the Gap Year
Tara quizzes John on his class on medieval and early modern Japanese history, "Age of the Samurai." We discuss how the title relates to the content, the romanticization of the samurai and the historical context of Japanese ritual suicide.