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  • 7 Dec 2015
    Drought cracked land. Photo: Bert Kaufmann via Creative Commons.
    John L. Brooke

    Paris, and Existential Global Challenges

    John L. Brooke, the author of Climate Change and the Course of Global History (2014), examines the global issues at stake as we battle a warming climate and introduces an excerpt from his book.

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  • 30 Jul 2014

    One Hundred Years Since the War

    In this excerpt from his new book July Crisis, T.G. Otte reflects on the year 1914 as the beginning of the greatest war in world history. The events in Europe that July catapulted nations around the globe into a years-long conflict that continues to define national identity, international relations, and global culture.

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  • 4 Jun 2014

    Writing the History of the Great War

    Understanding The Great War today, a century after it began, remains a challenge for historians. In his general introduction to the three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War, Jay Winter describes the way scholars understand the war as it recedes further into our global past.

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  • 26 May 2014

    Into the Intro: Open Standards in the Digital Age

    How did openness become a foundational value for the networks of the twenty-first century? In the age of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, we are increasingly focused on "open" digital standards. But what does that mean, and why do we value it? Andrew L. Russell explores these questions in this excerpt from his latest book, Open Standards in the Digital Age.

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  • 20 Jan 2014
    Gavin Jones

    Into the Intro: Failure and the American Writer

    Failure and the American Writer examines failure as a fundamental and complex human experience, imperative to the US national identity and embedded in our most celebrated literature. Check out an exclusive excerpt from this exciting new study of American classics like Moby Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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  • 3 Jan 2014

    Remembering Mandela

    Nelson Mandela committed himself to a compelling political cause, suffered a long prison sentence, and led his violent and divided country to a peaceful democratic transition. Cambridge honors his legacy in our newest Cambridge Companion. Take a sneak peek at the introduction below.

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  • 2 Jan 2014

    Kipling’s New Year Resolutions

    We have a theme this week—to celebrate the new year, check out an excerpt from 100 Poems by Rudyard Kipling. Are you sticking to your New Year's resolutions? Kipling had a little trouble with his...

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  • 30 Dec 2013

    Into the Intro: Who’s Bigger?

    In Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank, computer scientists Steven Skiena and Charles Ward take an algorithmic approach to the question of who matters in the historical record. By analyzing scanned books and web pages like Wikipedia, they have a created a system for ranking the most—and least—significant people throughout history. Read an excerpt from their book below.

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