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Articles with keyword "eighteenth century"


The Voracious Pen of Thomas Carlyle

A young historian pours forth The French Revolution, blood and all, inspiring a generation of Victorian writers.


Brass Hip Ornament

Within the culture of the Benin Empire, which thrived from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century in what is now southern Nigeria, only the oba, or sacred monarch, had the authority to

Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary


What Samuel Johnson Really Did

He made dictionaries matter.

Brian Balough


The American History Guys' Backstory

The humanities version of Car Talk.

Portrait of Emperor Kangxi in Court Dress


Imperial Scrolls of China

Monumental paintings from the Qing dynasty document the power of its emperors.

Four Acrobats, c. 1860.


Four Acrobats

Four Acrobats, the mid nineteenth-century Indian miniature, was once part of an ordered series of paintings, each of which corresponded to one of the melodic modes—or rāga—of classical Indian music.

Moliere dining with Louis XIV


Burying Molière

How the French Revolution reappropriated the favored playwright of Louis XIV.

Jonathan Spence, the 39th Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities


The China Scholar

Jonathan Spence and NEH Chairman Leach discuss key moments in four hundred years of Chinese history.

The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters, 1939


Name-Dropping In Rhode Island

Familiarly known as the “Ocean State,” Rhode Island’s full official name includes “and Providence Plantations,” words the state legislature has resolved to drop.

Elise Lemire, author of Black Walden:Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Mass


Black Walden

The neighborhood where Henry David Thoreau took shelter was home to Concord's "abandoned" slaves.