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The Secret Plot to Murder King James I

by Benjamin Woolley The rise of George Villiers from minor gentry to royal power seemed to defy gravity. Becoming gentleman of the royal bedchamber in 1615, the young gallant enraptured James, Britain’s first Stuart king, royal adoration reaching such an

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The Hells Angels’ Role at Altamont

by Saul Austerlitz Puttering in mostly unnoticed among the stream of vehicles making their way onto the speedway grounds, a tan school bus crammed full of young men parked just behind the stage. From the exterior, this bus hardly differed

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A Reporter’s Journey Behind the Lines of ISIS

by Souad Mekhennet I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel in Antakya, Turkey. All I could bring were

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Dying to Be Beautiful: Deadly Cosmetics

by Eleanor Herman The story of poison is the story of power. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended

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Tikkun Olam in American Judaism: A Religious Success Story?

by Jonathan Neumann The hegemony of tikkun olam in American Judaism may be a linguistic success story, but from the point of view of religion it is nothing to cheer about. Philologos went on to protest the political appropriation of the

Posted in Modern History

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