The tragedy of Alexis de Tocqueville: The French aristocrat who spent his life trying to understand democracy
Despite losing most of his extended family to the guillotine, Tocqueville grew up to become a fervent supporter of democratic revolution.
Are we enslaved by the finer things in life?
The Netflix show about a Birmingham crime family and their personal demons concluded earlier this month.
A tourist generally has an eye for the things that have become almost invisible to the resident.
Although equal parts Hollywood blockbuster and Putinist propaganda, "Trotsky" still manages to capture the good, the bad, and the ugly of Russia’s revolutionary past.
From "shell shock" to "combat fatigue," the wars of the past century have violently illuminated the power trauma can wield over the mind and body.
More than 90% of human faces are home to mites that live in our skin pores. These friendly guests might be merging with us.
After the German election, will the nation continue to "muddle through" successfully enough to lead Europe?
A study looks at the ingredients of a good scare.
All religions have totems, rites, and taboos that are considered "sacred." Émile Durkheim believed society is largely underpinned by them.
Black cat crossed your path?
Mammals have a history stretching back 325 million years. To study that ancient history is to know our own origins.
Humans are particularly prone to shiver when a group does or thinks the same thing at the same time.
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
Can we stop mass shootings? The first step is collecting data, and these authors have done just that.
A toxicological study shows that the victims of human sacrifice consumed coca leaves and ayahuasca before they were killed, but not for reasons we originally thought.
As the demonstrations grew, so did the internet service disruptions.
Soviet researchers studied crime through a Marxist-Leninist lens. Under Lenin, a humanitarian approach to criminality briefly emerged, but dissipated when Stalin rose to power.
Experiencing too much pleasure and not enough pain may yield counterintuitive consequences.
Many first-hand accounts from the golden age of piracy were grossly embellished, meaning it's extremely difficult to separate Blackbeard the legend from Edward Thatch the person.
Cross-disciplinary cooperation is needed to save civilization.
Distinguishing fact from fiction can be tough, especially when it comes to people as controversial as Stalin.
Although the statue’s political connotations faded over time, its eyes remain fixed on a key moment in Florentine history.