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    2022

    The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and...

    On May 12, 1720, health officials in Marseille wrote the gouverneur of the region of Provence in Paris requesting to expedite the construction of a new building for the local Bureau de la santé or Health...

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    Nov

    2022

    How do you win the World Cup?

    A year or so before South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a visiting professor gave a talk at a South African university. He asked a very simple question: How do you win a world cup? Do you,...

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  • 15
    Nov

    2022

    Modern Islamic Thought Through a Different Lens:...

    On November 17 my latest book is finally published and I just wanted to give a brief outline here of what it’s about. Titled Late Ottoman Origins of Modern Islamic Thought: Turkish and Egyptian...

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  • 8
    Nov

    2022

    When surgery really hurt

    ‘Detail of the manipulation of the scalpel in order to make incisions’ from J. M. Bourgery and N. H. Jacob, Atlas d’anatomie humaine et de chirurgie (1831-54), vol. 1, plate 15. Courtesy of Well...

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  • 4
    Nov

    2022

    When is a Villa like a Hawk?

    The Renaissance theorist and architect Leon Battista Alberti imagined houses as living beings: when they are happy they welcome you to their ‘bosom’, the central hall; when they are badly sited they...

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  • 3
    Nov

    2022

    Art before museums, galleries, the press, and the...

    The medieval Mediterranean was a sea of exchange of cultures, religions, commodities, and worldviews. With a focus on monumental and panel painting, Italy, Cyprus, and Artistic Exchange in the Medieval...

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    Oct

    2022

    Controlling Knowledge of the Land

    In most stories, books are cast as liberators of knowledge and agents of progress – but they can also be devices to channel and control flows of knowledge. For over two centuries, early printed farming...

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  • 12
    Oct

    2022

    Servant of the People

    Servant of the People By Rebecca Kingston, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and author of Plutarch’s Prism: Classical Reception and Public Humanism in France and England 1500-1800...

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