History

Dominic Lynch March 20, 2020
Walter Scheidel argues in "Escape From Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity," that out of the Roman Empire’s ashes rose modernity.
Sean Salai, S.J. March 02, 2020
The Very Rev. Mark Morozowich on the role of women deacons in the early Eastern church and how historical theology shapes our discussion on the question of women deacons now.
Ryan Di Corpo February 25, 2020
The setting of “West Side Story” is San Juan Hill, the nickname of the Lincoln Square area of Upper West Side of Manhattan—an area bulldozed and redeveloped into the Lincoln Center performing arts complex in the early 1960s.
Some Jewish groups and historians have said Pius, who was pope from 1939-1958, stayed silent during the Holocaust and didn't do enough to save lives.
Kevin Spinale February 14, 2020
Mary Magdalene’s actual history, as Margaret Arnold tells us, is much richer than we think. The tradition’s appropriation of Mary Magdalene is much more intricate and complex—as the saint herself is complex.
Isabelle Senechal February 07, 2020
J. W. Mohnhaupt’s first book, The Zookeepers’ War, is an earnest plunge into the extraordinary history behind Berlin’s competing zoos during the Cold War.