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March 20, 2017
Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman’s empire grew, it, too...
March 16, 2017
For many Westerners, the name Vietnam evokes images of a bloody televised American war that generated a firestorm of protest and brought conflict into their living rooms. In...
March 15, 2017
After the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, anxieties about survival in the nuclear age led scientists to begin stockpiling and freezing hundreds of thousands of...
March 12, 2017
As the planet warms and the polar ice caps melt, naturally occurring cold is a resource of growing scarcity. At the same time, energy-intensive cooling technologies are...
December 8, 2016
Alan Mikhail, “Climate and the Chronology of Iranian History,” Iranian Studies Vol. 49: 6 (2016). This article offers a chronology of climate events in Iran over the last...
December 7, 2016
“Environment in Iran: Changes and Challenges” Special Issue, Iranian Studies, v49:6 (December 2016).
September 1, 2016
From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.   Combining a historian’s...

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