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Concocting Alba: The Jacobite Uprising of 1745, Victorian Fashion Trends, and the Invention of Scottish Nationalism, Or, Mel Gibson isn’t a reliable historical source
Scottish culture is replicated and reenacted throughout the Commonwealth and the English speaking world. Highland games, family tartans, Robbie Burns recitals, screenings of the film Braveheart, and the necessary eating of haggis may be found throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and wherever Scots settled. However, many of these cultural festivities are an invention of […]
Everyone remembers the line the teachers feed us in elementary school: “There’s no such a thing as a dumb question, so don’t be afraid to ask!” This line usually backfires and makes the whole class think they may have thought of the first “dumb question” in history, or the class feigns laughter upon hearing an […]
The nation states of East Central Europe have historically found themselves within a crossroads of different civilizations, religions, and feuding Great Powers. Poland in particular has occupied a heavily contested piece of Europe for its entire history. Different political arrangements that arose in Poland and East Central Europe would exist within perpetually contested space. Different […]