History

Why Do Nations Fail?

Boston Globe • March 2012

SEVERAL CENTURIES ago, there was a nation that rose to become a world power on the strength of its innovation and its dedication to capitalist

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Did the Solutreans settle America first?

Boston Globe • March 2012

Science agrees on this much: For most of their history, the Americas were a vast land with no people. Our ancestors left Africa and populated

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History and the Decline of Human Violence

Mind Matters • October 2011

Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard University, is the author of the best-selling books, “How the Mind Works,” and “The Blank Slate.” But

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Why Japan Surrendered

Boston Globe • August 2011

What ended World War II? For nearly seven decades, the American public has accepted one version of the events that led to Japan's surrender. By the

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Untangling the Mystery of the Inca

Wired • January 2007

Incan civilization was a technological marvel. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1532, they found an empire that spanned nearly 3,000 miles, from present-day Ecuador

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