The following piece is an excerpt taken from a summer 2014 Perspectives on History article of the same title, written by Elaine Carey, Sara Haviland, Eric Platt, Sarah Shurts, and Emily Tai.
Guided by the conviction that history and historical thinking can help illuminate just about any contemporary discussion, Perspectives on History has, for three years running, invited historians to comment on significant Supreme Court decisions.
In the middle of the 19th century, European scholars believed that “The Buddha was born in history, not in myth.
“Historical events do not occur in a spatial vacuum; they take place in buildings and landscapes, and are in turn shaped by these environments,” Swati Chattopadhyay wrote in the January 2014 issue of Perspectives on History.
Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas.