The Appendix, Appendixed.

The inaugural issue of The Appendix has covered a lot of ground, from the cults of Maya saints to murder in 19th century Manhattan. The final page of this issue introduces a reoccurring feature that we’re calling "The Appendix, Appendixed.” Here we step back to take a geographic view of apocalypses in history: from those that were predicted but never came to pass, to those that did in fact destroy civilizations and cultures.

Publisher note: Each issue we’ll try to use this Appendixed section to explore a new way to play with presenting our content online. We’ll open source standalone versions of these features at The Appendix’s Github profile with the hopes that those of our readers interested in learning about and experimenting with online and digital media presentation will find things there to help them develop their own projects. Because sometimes the hardest thing to figure out the goal even looks like, the idea for this issue’s feature was simply to get the ball rolling with a complete standalone project (find the code here). In the future we’ll also look for projects that isolate specific techniques to investigate. Let us know if you make something with anything you find here, and have fun.

Benjamin Breen is the editor-in-chief of The Appendix and a PhD candidate in history at the University of Texas at Austin.