Category Archives: History

Book Review: The Ruin Of The Roman Empire

The Ruin Of The Roman Empire:  A New History, by James J. O’Donnell It is not as if the author of this book is a total idiot.  There are at least some things that the author gets right–Justinian’s attempt to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Origin Of Empire

The Origin Of Empire:  Rome From The Republic To Hadrian What if empire was a bad thing?  This particular book deals with an interesting subject, the way that Rome acquainted itself with being an imperial power, and completely fumbles one … Continue reading

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Although It’s Been Said Many Times, Many Ways

Why are Christmas songs so bad?  This is not to say that there are not any good songs, even for someone like myself who does not celebrate Christmas.  The melodies for classic songs and religious songs, like the melody for … Continue reading

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Book Review: Night Trains

Night Trains:  The Rise And Fall Of The Sleeper, by Andrew Martin This book does not really live up to its title very well.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the book is entertaining and personal, but sometimes … Continue reading

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Endogamy Revisited

In a previous essay [1], I explored the phenomenon of pedigree collapse as occurred in one of my family lines.  Having found another spectacular case of this in a different line of my family, where where one Sara Quackenbush had … Continue reading

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Book Review: Forgotten Empire

Forgotten Empire:  The World Of Ancient Persia, edited by John E. Curtis and Nigel Tallis Whenever a museum seeks to look at a particular country as a “forgotten empire” one can tell that this museum is looking to secure a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire Of Ancient Egypt

Empire Of Ancient Egypt, by Wendy Christensen I have to admit that this book was far more in-depth and detailed than I thought it would be.  Having read quite a few of this kind of book, I tend to think … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Culture Of The Byzantine Empire

The Culture Of The Byzantine Empire, by Vic Kovacs This book is the sort of book that would be popular among those early readers who want or have to learn about the Byzantine empire.  It is always interesting to read … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ballot Battles

Ballot Battles:  The History Of Disputed Elections In The United States, by Edward B. Foley There has been no shortage of disputed elections in the United States, and there are some predictable reasons for that.  For one, Americans have always … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Kylie Minogue

On the face of it, for most Americans at least, Kylie Minogue is not an obvious choice for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Most American music listeners would know her for one of two reasons:  her cover of … Continue reading

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