The very best online reads by our favourite historian
Amazing essays about history, race, and environmental collapse
What really happends when a society is forced to go it alone?
Once upon a time, all the fruits, nuts, and berries our gathering ancestors ate were wild. Someone, at some time, had to come up with the bright idea of crops.
Why was it Europeans who conquered the world and colonized other people, rather than the Chinese or the people of India or the Middle East?
Archaeology is demolishing the belief that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress.
Environmental collapse and the end of civilization.
How the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism.
Some written languages are a precise reflection of speech, while others, like english, are a complete mess. Is this alphabetical evolution? Or the unequal application of logic to literacy?
Race based body chemistry makes no more sense than race based on looks, but you do get to move the membership around.