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- The Victorian Inventor of the Wheelie Before the wheelie became a staple of 20th century childhood, it was the pet trick of a hot-headed "fancy rider" named Canary.
- A New Yorker's Roman War against Germany
- Spelunking the “Murk of Outlaw History”
- Professors and Publics: A Roundtable on Popular History
- Behind the Rocket Cat: Animals in Warfare from Hannibal to World War One
It is very easy for history to untether and float away into abstractions; but it is far harder for it to do so when we remember that history, no matter what, happens to bodies. Not just our own, but those of others, and indeed of other species, bodies of water, planetary bodies. History itself is a body of knowledge. There’s abstraction here too, but it’s a useful abstraction. It suggests the connectedness of the body being considered: its ability to be born, live, and change.
Chapter 1: Human Bodies
Letter from the Editors: Bodies
It is very easy for history to untether and float away into abstractions; but it is far harder for it to do so when we remember that history, no matter what, happens to bodies.
Mug Shots: A Small Town Noir
By Diarmid Mogg
The men and women in these pictures saw things that none of us will ever see. All that we can do is look clearly at their faces, listen carefully to their stories and let them tell us what they can about their world.
The Beard That Wasn’t: Abe Lincoln’s Whiskers
By Sean Trainor
The origins of the sixteenth President’s facial hair are more tangled than you might think.
By Joyce Chaplin
Is the human body innately terrestrial, unsuited to a prolonged time away from its earthly element?
A Pirate Surgeon in Panama
By Benjamin Breen
A forgotten odyssey in colonial Panama that turns a young pirate surgeon into a Kuna Indian, and back.
Interpreting “Physick”: The Familiar and Foreign Eighteenth-Century Body
By Lindsay Keiter
What’s it like to work at a historical reenactment of a colonial apothecary shop?
The Aviator’s Heart
By Felipe Fernandes Cruz
Coming April 22, 2014
CSI Buenos Aires: The Crime on Prudan Street
By Ryan Edwards
Coming April 24, 2014
Chapter 2: Bodies on Display
To be published May 1, 2014
Chapter 3: Foreign Bodies
To be published June 3, 2014