World History

The Origin of Christmas Traditions

The name Christmas originates from the words “Christ’s Mass,” but our Christmas traditions are not only born of the Christian faith. Our modern Christmas traditions stem from a myriad of cultures, faiths, and times. Last year we wrote a blog on Old Christmas and traditions associated with it.

4 of the Most Sinister Secret Societies (You May Not Have Heard Of)

Most of us have heard of secret societies, from sinister to benevolent. From academic to elusive. It’s likely you’ve heard of the Illuminati, a secret society supposedly pulling the strings on many global issues and events. It’s likely you’ve heard of the Freemasons, of which there are stories ranging from terrifying to charitable. But what of the ones you haven’t heard of? Below are some of the most sinister secret societies you may not have heard of.

The Origin of Halloween

Stumble through the door to Halloween and you’ll find this pervasive holiday has its roots in a combination of Christian and pagan practices. The traditions that have become synonymous with Halloween have come from ancient games and practices. For some, the meaning has changed. But for others, its roots can still be tracked down to how they were practiced a millennia ago.

World War II Series (Part Four): The Impact of Communism

Throughout this discussion, a great, red elephant has been standing in the room. Communism. This blog has touched on this topic numerous times throughout the discussion of World War II. This blog post went into details about the ideology of communism and socialism, and how these gave rise to fascism. A fear of communism pervaded the entirety of the 20th century, from the 1905 Revolution to the Cold War. This blog post with detail with the impact Communism had on World War II.

Curious Curator Mini: Capitalism, Fascism, Socialism, and Communism

In addition to being a hot button issue for almost the entirety of the 20th and 21st centuries, socialism and communism are often used as scare tactics. But many lack a proper understanding of what these ideologies mean. In order to form legitimate opinions on these topics, it is most important to understand them. So, whether your bumper sticker says "don't tread on me" or "glory to the proletariat," let’s all hop on the magic school bus of education.