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.

Turner, Brigham Young• 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).

July’s featured blog also put out more than its fair share of interesting posts: the history of the Silk Road, Shakespeare’s use of Scottish history in Macbeth, and Auschwitz seventy years later.

• 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.

• In case you’re reading this, Anthony Kayruz: any high school student who can write such an effective argument for studying history is more than welcome to apply to Bethel University.

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