Comment on McNown on Canals by blogrh

The link to the 1858 (yes, 1858!) article in the Scientific American is wonderful. It shows that, even as railroads had been running for a while, people still realized that canals served important economic and political needs–and at very affordable costs!

Mary Irwin, Revised Research Paper on “The Plague Doctor Costume”

Starting in the fourteenth century, Europe weathered an onslaught of infectious diseases, commonly known as the Black Plague. At the time, the prevailing theory of disease transmission was miasma theory, which explained that poisonous vapors or “bad air” caused illness (T., 1965). As such, doctors who cared for victims of the plague, or plague doctors,…

Stearns, “Population Growth,” (Corwin Warner)

Stearns, “Population Growth”  (by Corwin Warner) The European Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century didn’t simply “appear” out of nowhere. Multiple prerequisites happened that enabled the transition of European society towards an industrial revolution, and Peter N. Stearns focuses on explaining why population was a major prerequisite to the Industrial Revolution. Before delving into Stearns’s…

Godliness and Work, by Mary Irwin

In “Godliness and Work”, Casson insists that Greeks and Romans relied on muscle power instead of that of wind or water not due to lack of knowledge, the cheapness of slavery, or the abundance of the workforce. Instead, cultural values around the concept of labor prevented these classic civilizations from shifting to more modern power…

World of Greece and Rome-by Mary Irwin

In “The World of Greece and Rome”,  MacLachlan discusses the technologies and ideas of the Greeks and Romans, from the use of iron tools and alchemy to philosophy and astronomy. Overall, his message is that these technologies and concepts still impact us today. He starts by describing how iron was one of the first democratic inventions…

Comment on For the Love of Beer by blogrh

Hey Emily:
You’re only allowed to advertise other history courses, not food science courses! Just kidding. VT offers some neat courses like this–one that I’d love to take. This course undoubtedly combines a lot of learning from chemistry and biology in a fun manner.