This week: Macbeth, the Silk Road, smallpox, Emperor Hirohito, Brigham Young, the case for studying history and the case against using history textbooks, and a lesser-known side of the Great Awakening.
• More from our blog of the month: John Turner on how he got interested in Mormon history and chose to write a biography of Brigham Young; and John Fea on what we can learn from the David Barton controversy (in which John helped lead the evangelical critique of Barton’s writings on Thomas Jefferson).
• An extended interview with religious historian Linford Fisher, whose new book tells of The Indian Great Awakening.
• One of the most deadly forces in the Civil War wasn’t an army and didn’t take sides.
• How one four-minute radio speech ended World War II and changed Japan.
• The case for dropping the standard textbook from U.S. history surveys.