Heaven’s Gate: The History and Legacy of Marshall Applewhite’s Notorious Doomsday Cult

On paper, the extraordinarily unorthodox ideology spouted by Heaven's Gate ranks near the top of the list of most outlandish end-of-the-world prophecies, and it was built on a...

Modern Latvia: The History and Legacy of Latvia’s Struggle for Independence in the 20th Century

The three modern Baltic states - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - may occupy small tracts of lands bordering the Baltic Sea, but their respective histories are unique. Latvia,...

Fermi Paradox, The: The History and Legacy of the Famous Debate over the Existence of Aliens

Naturally, as technological advances and the creation of flying aircraft became realities, the sighting of UFOs increased, as did the interest in potential contact with aliens....

Windrush Scandal, The: The History of the Modern Controversy and Race Relations in the British Empire

 On the morning of June 22, 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush, a repurposed German troopship, drew up alongside the Tilbury docks, lowering its gangplanks onto the wide, cobbled...

Romans in Scotland, The: The History and Legacy of Ancient Rome’s Northernmost Campaigns

Shortly after Emperor Hadrian came to power in the early 2nd century CE, he decided to seal off Scotland from Roman Britain with an ambitious wall stretching from sea to sea. To...

Cambrian Period, The: The History and Legacy of the Start of Complex Life on Earth

As Earth entered the Cambrian Period, there was a relatively sudden increase in life form diversity throughout the oceans. Completely new forms of life, more complex and more...

Gutians, The: The History and Legacy of the Asian Nomads Who Spread across the Near East in Antiquity

The ancient Gutians are probably not one of the groups that come to most people’s minds when they think of barbarian hordes, but they were among the most important in the...

The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unusual Riots in the Early 19th Century

Riots are an aspect of American history that do not show up much in history textbooks, except for famous disturbances like the Boston Tea Party or the infamous New York City...

Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier: The Lives and Legacies of Haiti’s Most Notorious Rulers

To date, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and one of the poorest in the world. Numerous government coups have taken place over the years, and insecurity...

Varangian Guard, The: The History and Legacy of the Byzantine Empire’s Elite Mercenary Unit

The Byzantine Empire was the heir to two great cultures that cradled and nurtured European civilization: Greece and Rome. Constantinople, now called Istanbul, became a center of...

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