Ask the Author… Jonathan Den Hartog on Patriotism and Piety

by Kristin Du Mez. For this week’s Historical Horizons blog post, I’m excited to launch the inaugural edition of our “Ask the Author” series. I’ve selected a new book on religion and politics by Jonathan Den Hartog—Patriotism and Piety is fresh off the press, and Jonathan was kind enough to take some time to talk …

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Featured Faculty Book Review: Frans van Liere, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible

Although all of our faculty are busy researching and writing, we don't often share the results here on Historical Horizons. We do rejoice together in each other's achievements, and sometimes a book review is too good not to share. Congratulations to Frans van Liere, whose book An Introduction to the Medieval Bible (Cambridge, 2014) received the following outstanding …

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When Wall Street Became the Capital of the World

Book Note: The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order by Adam Tooze by Jim Bratt. I was going to read Marilynne Robinson’s Lila over the semester break but I got waylaid by history instead. Of all the books on World War I published in its centennial year, it looked …

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Christianity in Cuba after Normalization of Relations

by Dan Miller. Even those of us who try to keep up on news from Latin America were surprised by the announcement on December 17 that the US and Cuba were going to resume normal diplomatic relations. Evidently, representatives of the Obama administration and the government of Raul Castro had been discussing such a move …

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Historians and Doctors: Getting the Facts Straight

by Bob Schoone-Jongen. “Just the facts, ma’am.” Popular history says that for years Sgt. Joe Friday (LAPD, badge 714) intoned this refrain as he gathered clues and information to solve each case. The perpetrator always finished the show looking guilty as sin, while the faceless narrator recited the catalog of charges and the sentence. The …

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Historical Horizons: 2014 in Blog Posts

Happy new year from the Calvin College History Department! It was in early January 2014 that we first chose the name Historical Horizons and began setting up this space. Here's a look back at our Top 10 most-read posts in our first year of blogging: 10. Good Friday in Spain by Kate van Liere Holy Week makes …

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