Weekend Reading

This week: mapping the history of philosophy; Roman artifacts in Japan; the English Reformation; a famous con woman; the Olympics; the Tour de France; revising Turkish history; the birth of a Twin Cities business giant; and the history of hip-hop.

• A fascinating attempt to map the history of philosophy by charting philosophers’ influence on other thinkers.

Self-actualization: not invented by Oprah, but the ancient Greeks.

• Ancient Roman jewelry shows up in lots of archeological digs… but not many in Japan

• A new collection of essays from historian Eamon Duffy continues his argument that the English Reformation was a “cultural calamity,” a top-down revolution that strangled a thriving, popular Catholicism.

Paavo Nurmi in Helsinki, 1952
Wikimedia

• The story of “Cassie L. Chadwick,” perhaps the most famous con woman in American history — in the late 19th century and into the 20th, she stole the equivalent of $16.5 million in today’s money.

• Two photographic sports histories: Olympic torch relays through the decades; and the first 99 years of the Tour de France. (Did you know: of the riders who started the very first tour, in 1903, only a third finished?)

• The growing power of a democratic Islamist party in Turkey is prompting a reevaluation of the avowedly secular founder of the modern Turkish nation-state, Kemal Atatürk.

• The British National Archives posted over 350 examples of World War II propaganda on Wikipedia.

• The garage in Northeast Minneapolis that became the birthplace of Medtronic.

• An inside tour of the hip-hop collection at the National Museum of American History.

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