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Not Just Child's Play

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“90 AD: A recently built Zulu city fell to my forces today. It was burned to the ground. Pity, it had quite a nice view of the ocean.”

That’s a journal entry from the emperor of Japan. The virtual emperor of Japan, anyway.

“130 AD: Persia contacted me today. Apparently, he finally convinced Cleo to introduce us. He seemed annoyed. In exchange for his World Map, I taught him Polytheism.”

Don't Know Much About History

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Many colleges in recent years have eliminated majors or departments in relatively obscure fields, citing the need to focus on areas with growing student interest. Few, however, have taken the step Post University plans: eliminating majors in English and history and upper-level courses in liberal arts generally.

'Little Red Book,' Big Fat Lie

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A student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has admitted that he fabricated his claims of being interrogated by Department of Homeland Security officials for checking out Mao’s Little Red Book from the university’s interlibrary loan system.

The 22-year-old student’s lies were uncovered by The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass., which first broke details of his story on December 17.

The Teaching Agenda

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At meetings of economists and of historians, scholars trade ideas on syllabuses, lecture classes, homework, silent students and more.

More Criticism of 'Academic Bill of Rights'

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Members of the American Historical Association voted Saturday to condemn the Academic Bill of Rights as an attack on academic freedom. The unanimous vote reflected widespread anger in the association, and among academics generally, about the Academic Bill of Rights, which has become a conservative cause in many state legislatures and on many campuses.

But the vote followed another one in which the association rejected a proposal to replace the resolution condemning the Academic Bill of Rights with one that also criticized campus speech codes.

In the Line of Historical Fire

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Scholars of war and the military consider how the Iraq conflict changes their responsibilities and careers.

Anti-Gay 'Flagging' at NEH?

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When most scholars have their grant applications rejected by the National Endowment for the Humanities, they shrug. Only a small minority of grants are approved, so there's no way any application can be a sure thing.

The Neo-Nazi Who Wasn't

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The strange story of Jacques Pluss just got stranger.

The King and Yale University Press

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Thai government, angry over critical biography of monarch, blocks access to publisher's Web site.

A Holocaust Denier Resurfaces

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Tenured Northwestern professor enrages many by backing claims of Iran's president.

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