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May 21, 2018

History

Higher Education in Canada

Book Review: A History of Higher Education in Canada, 1663 – 1960

Robin Sutton Harris was born on October 27th, 1919 in Toronto, Ontario. In 1941, Harris received his BA in English Language and Literature from honor courses within the University of Toronto’s English department. After a brief period of war service, he found himself teaching at the elementary school level for about a year before applying

Quick History: Vampires and Sexuality

How and when did vampires become synonymous with sexuality? Vampires became synonymous with sexuality as the folkloric ideologies of vampires merged with popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The topic of “sexuality” had been present in certain strands of vamires in folkloric mentions (ie. certain vampires returning to ‘eat the breasts’ of female relatives in

Quick History: Why did people believe in the undead?

Essentially, modern medicine and science didn’t have proper explanations for an improper burial or the methods of disposing of bodies. According to Vampires, Burial & Death by Paul Barber: animal scavenging, shallow graves and the erosion of soil, grave robbers, and flooding were all ways in which the deceased would “unearth” and return to this world.

cleopatra

Quick History: Cleopatra’s Influence on Women in Rome

What was the influence Cleopatra had on Roman women and how was she able to become popular among the Roman population?  In the late 40s BCE, Julius Caesar brought Cleopatra and their 2-year-old son to his Empire. This is the first real cultural elegance that the Romans experienced from the Egyptians, as Cleopatra was a very highly intelligent woman. When

conspicuous consumption

Conspicuous Consumption and Continental Change

How did the production and consumption of consumer goods transform gender roles, race relations, and ideas about class, and how did Americans allow consumerism to affect social change? Production and consumption levels within the United States rose to all-time highs throughout the 20th century. Consumerism, on all fronts, became a massive part of day-to-day life.

Chocolate Islands cover page

Book Review: Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

Chocolate Islands is a historiographical work with a unique style of writing that focuses specifically on the letters exchanged between Joseph Burtt, who was sent to Africa to investigate living and working conditions, and William Cadbury, an English businessman and industrial mogul who ran the helm of one of the world’s largest chocolate firms. Chocolate Islands

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