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Do Immigrants Assimilate More Slowly Today Than in the Past?

March 2020

Using millions of historical census records and modern birth certificates, we document that immigrants assimilated into US society at similar rates in the past and present.

Roman Seas: A Maritime Archaeology of Eastern Mediterranean Economies

March 2020

That seafaring was fundamental to Roman prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean is beyond doubt, but a tendency by scholars to focus on the grandest long-distance movements between major cities has...

Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire

March 2020

In the Holy Roman Empire 'no prince â can forbid men passage in the common road', wrote the English jurist John Selden.

Text Technologies: A History

February 2020

The field of text technologies is a capacious analytical framework that focuses on all textual records throughout human history, from the earliest periods of traceable communication—perhaps as...

Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

October 2019

The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history.

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

October 2019

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies.Was the division of Europe after...

Roman Wealth and Wealth Inequality in Comparative Perspective

October 2019

Reflecting current concerns about economic inequality, scholars who study the pre-modern past are increasingly addressing this issue.

The Legacy of Colonial Language Policies and Their Impact on Student Learning: Evidence from an Experimental Program in Cameroon

September 2019

The relative educational returns on colonial versus indigenous language instruction in sub-Saharan countries have yet to be decisively estimated.

Linking individuals across historical sources: A fully automated approach

April 2019

Linking individuals across historical datasets relies on information such as name and age that is both non-unique and prone to enumeration and transcription errors.

Repetition, Recurrence, Returns: How Cultural Renewal Works (Transforming Literary Studies)

April 2019

Repetition is constitutive of human life. Both the species and the individual develop through repetition.

The Underwater Imagination: From Environment to Film Set, 1954–1956

April 2019

The 1940s and 1950s were a revolutionary era in both access to and imagination of the underwater environment in the most modernized nations of the globe.

The Baltic Crusades and ecological transformation: The zooarchaeology of conquest and cultural change in the Eastern Baltic in the second millennium AD

March 2019

From the end of the 12th century, crusading armies unleashed a relentless holy war against the indigenous pagan societies in the Eastern Baltic region. Native territories were reorganised as new...

How Do Immigrants Respond to Discrimination? The Case of Germans in the US During World War I

March 2019

I study the effect of taste-based discrimination on the assimilation decisions of immigrant minorities.

Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts

January 2019

This volume draws on emerging scholarship at the intersection of two already vibrant fields: medieval material culture and medieval sensory experience.

Is development uniquely modern? Ancient Athens on the doorstep

January 2019

By offering out-of-sample observations, pre-modern case studies can provide unique insights into the process of economic development.

On the Spirit of Rights

December 2018

By the end of the eighteenth century, politicians in America and France were invoking the natural rights of man to wrest sovereignty away from kings and lay down universal basic entitlements....

Guarding Traditions and Laws—Disciplining Bodies and Souls: Tradition, science, and religion in the age of Ottoman reform

October 2018

This article examines the religious and intellectual dynamics behind the Ottoman military reform movement, known as the New Order, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries....

Let There Be Enlightenment: The Religious and Mystical Sources of Rationality

August 2018

According to most scholars, the Enlightenment was a rational awakening, a radical break from a past dominated by religion and superstition. But in Let There Be Enlightenment, Anton M.

Empires of Knowledge: Scientific Networks in the Early Modern World, Edited by Paula Findlen

August 2018

Empires of Knowledge charts the emergence of different kinds of scientific networks – local and long-distance, informal and institutional, religious and secular – as one of the important phenomena...

Mirrors for Princes and Sultans: Advice on the Art of Governance in the Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds

August 2018

When did European modes of political thought diverge from those that existed in other world regions?

Projecting Nature: Agostino Scilla’s Seventeenth-Century Fossil Drawings

August 2018

In 1670 the Sicilian painter Agostino Scilla (1629–1700) devised an entirely new way of depicting fossils when he wrote and illustrated his Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense (1670–1671), which...

Authenticity, Complaint, and the Russianness of American Jewish Literature

July 2018

Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and their critics embraced the notion that their work displayed an affinity to Russian and Yiddish literature, especially to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky...

Connecting Continents: Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean World (Indian Ocean Studies Series) ed. Krish Seetah

June 2018

In recent decades, the vast and culturally diverse Indian Ocean region has increasingly attracted the attention of anthropologists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other...

People

Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Roland Hsu Affiliate