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19th Century Population Growth According to Thomas Malthus

"The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man." --Thomas Malthus With the world's population nearing 8 billion, many people are discussing the likely influences that the growing number of people  will have...

Pride and Prejudice: A Novel for All Generations

"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." "You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure."...

Aldrich Ames: The Saga of a Cold War Spy

When we talk about spies, images of famous fictional representations that range from the exciting and debonair world of James Bond to the goofy but inventive Get Smart,tend to take precedence in our minds over actual cases of espionage. As far as fictional, glamorized...

The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle by CERN's Large Hadron Collider made news around the world. While many people rejoiced in all the meaning and potential the discovery could have for science, for a few the excitement came coupled with bittersweet reminders of...

Higgs Boson and the Pursuit of Elusive Science

On July 4, 2012, a discovery was announced that rocked the scientific world. It was a discovery with no known practical application and with relevance to a subject matter only a few researchers really comprehend. Yet it garnered media attention and discussion far...

The Complex Role of Language in Cultural Assimilation

Immigration plays a huge role in shaping what any country looks like. Immigrants face the distinct challenges that come with living between two cultures. They must face the question: how much should you give up to fit into your adopted country, and how much should you...

A Brief History of the English Language

Language is in a constant state of evolution. All of the words we use daily found their way into the modern lexicon via a distinct history. The history of how English came to look and sound the way it does today gives us a glimpse into the dynamics of how cultures...

The Sadly Sinkable William Stead

How would you have responded to being on the Titanic as it sank? William Stead, journalist, editor, pacifist, and compiler of indexes (like Stead’s Index to Periodicals, included in 19th Century Masterfile), responded to the famous catastrophe by quietly reading a...

The Scourge of Modern Piracy

As terrifying as the memorable pirates of history were in their day, they've become the subject of romanticized stories, theme park rides and big budget blockbusters since. For many years, much of modern society felt the reality of these notorious seaside robbers and...

The History of Books: Early Forms

The story of how books have adapted and developed over the centuries is an important story in the rise of civilization. Books have provided individuals a way to communicate with future generations, influence thought over centuries, and spread religious and cultural...

The Anniversary of the Watergate Break-In

Forty years ago yesterday, the Watergate break-in changed the way many United States citizens viewed American political life and America itself. President Richard M. Nixon, his advisers and the "unindicted co-conspirators" could not have conceived the reverberations...

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