The New Yorker had an interesting piece this past week regarding Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the lapse of copyright based on German law. According to German law, seventy years after the death of the author, copyright expires. This means that, unless a German court decides otherwise, as of January 1, 2016, anyone can legally publish […]


Today marks the ominous commemoration of the one of the most significant historical events of the 20th century: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914 by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist. This event would bring Europe and other parts of the world to war, and […]


America’s moral fabric is in tatters. This great nation–and especially Chicago–is crumbling before our eyes. Does that sound like the media’s narrative in 2014? No, this is 1931. 1930s Chicago Gang Map Combines History, Humor, Morality « CBS Chicago


Boris Pasternak’s famous novel Doctor Zhivago remained unpublished in the USSR until 1988, because of its implicit criticism of the Soviet system. But for the same reason, the CIA wanted Soviets to read the book, and arranged the first-ever publication in Russian. BBC News – How the CIA secretly published Dr Zhivago


Was the Ottoman sultan’s heart buried on a battlefield in Hungary nearly 450 years ago? Archaeologists are trying to find out. In the summer of 1566, Szigetvár was the site of a bloody siege that French diplomat Cardinal Richelieu would later call “the battle that saved civilization.” For five desperate weeks Szigetvár castle, the garrison of […]


A book bound in human skin was recently discovered at Harvard University. The grim tale is not as unusual as you’d think… BBC News – The macabre world of books bound in human skin


Video: West Germany Win the 1954 World Cup | History Today This year marks the 60th anniversary of Germany’s first World Cup win, as the country (then known as West Germany) defeated a fancied Hungarian side in Switzerland to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. You can watch highlights from the match above, including rarely-seen colour […]