Gathered here are all the posts I’ve written on historical topics. There’s some overlap between a number of my posts about writing historical fiction (both in general and regarding certain topics), but I filed them with my index of writing posts because their intended purpose was as writing guides. The posts here are meant first and foremost as presentations of historical topics.

I’ve included all my geography/travel posts, since they contain a fair bit of historical information about these cities and towns.

Abony, Hungary
Andrássy Út
Another round of vintage ads
The appeal of the 18th and 19th centuries
Arbat Street
Archangel Michael
The Art Students League of New York
Ashkhen Agopyan
Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss

Basilica di Santa Croce
The Battle of Campaldino
The Battle of Saipan
The Battle of Tarawa
Batumi, Georgia
Beatrice Portinari
Béziers, France
The big universality question
Bishop Pavel Gojdič
The Bowery Mission
Brunetto Latini
Bystanders and the Shoah

Carl Lutz
Castle District, Budapest
The Cathedral of the Dormition and the Chrysler Imperial Touring
Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in the U.S.
Cherkasy, Ukraine
City College
Count Ugolino della Gherardesca
Countess Natalya Sergeyevna Brasova
The Crown Colony of Aden

Dante Alighieri
DeWitt Clinton Park
Dimitar Peshev
Dr. Jozef Jaksy
Dr. Mohamed Helmy
Dr. Todor and Pandora Hadži-Mitkov
Dohány Utca Synagogue
Dorothea Neff
The Dowager Empress and the Duesenberg
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

East River Park
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Electrotherapy and Easter
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month
The Empress Hotel and The Emporium

Fereydunshahr, Iran
Fifth Avenue
The Fleishhacker Pool and the French Concession of Shanghai
Florence (Firenze), Italy
Forty years ago in Cincinnati
Frits Philips
The Fyodorovskaya Ikon of the Mother of God

The Garden Ring
Garden School and Gramercy Park Hotel
Gellért Hill
Giacomo Quarenghi
The Grand Cathedral of the Winter Palace and the House of Gagarin
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna
Grand Duchess Xenia (Kseniya) Aleksandrovna
Grand Duke Mikhail Aleksandrovich
Grigoriy Yevseyevich Zinovyev
The Guelphs and the Ghibellines
Győr, Hungary

Hamilton Heights and Hotel Kämp
The Hardaga family of Bosnia
Hell’s Kitchen
Homefront hardships vs. surviving genocide
L’Hôtel de la Duchesse-Anne and Hashomer Hatzair
Hudiksvall, Sweden

In memoriam
Interfaith relations in 1940s Europe
Inwood Hill Park
Irkutsk, Russia
Isfahan, Iran
Italian language
Ivan Vranetić
Ivy Hill Park

Jacopo Alighieri
Jerusalem, Israel
Jewish Newark
Jewish Theological Seminary
The Jordan Staircase and Joy
José Castellanos Contreras
Jumeau dolls
Juno Beach and the Jewish Hospital of Lublin

Katz’s Delicatessen
Košice, Slovakia
Kutaisi, Georgia

Let’s talk about the Mengele trope
Levittown, NY
Lille, France
The lingering Germanophobia, Polonophobia, and Magyarphobia among many Shoah survivors
Lovely vintage photos
The Lower Dacha of Peterhof and Leo
Lower Galilee
Luna Park

Machal and Le Meurice
Malka (Mala) Zimetbaum
Marble Hill
Mary Elmes
Meet my extraordinary foremother, Queen Margaret of Scotland
Meet some of the people in my alternative history, Part I
Meet some of the people in my alternative history, Part II
Meet some of the people in my alternative history, Part III
Minister Waitstill and Martha Sharp
Minsk, Belarus
Miscellaneous Imperial Family photos
More fun with vintage ads
More fun with vintage ads (Part II)
More ruminations on the Pauline Laws (what worked and what didn’t)
More vintage ads from bygone eras
My dream hobby

Nantes, France
National Stamp-Collecting Month, Part I
National Stamp-Collecting Month, Part II
Nevskiy Prospekt
New Lincoln School and New York Institute for the Education of the Blind
Normafa and Neology
Novodevichye Cemetery and Nansen passports
Nurse Kleopatra Pawłowska

Odžaci, Serbia
One Imperial pretender, two very different books, Part I
One Imperial pretender, two very different books, Part II (Wild stories, false memories
One Imperial pretender, two very different books, Part III (Selective reporting)
One Imperial pretender, two very different books, Part IV (How did she pull it off?)
One Imperial pretender, two very different books, Part V (Who really was she?)
One Imperial pretender, two very different books, Part VI (Final Thoughts)
“One long soundless scream”
Orchard Street
Ospedale di Santa Maria Nuova
Otto Weidt

Parsons School of Design
Pasarét and Ponte Vecchio
The Passage and Peter and Paul Cathedral
Patriarch’s Pond
Pedantic, politicised Polish pilpul
Pietro Alighieri
Pirna, Germany
Prince Guido Novello II da Polenta
Prince Igor Konstantinovich and the Iverskaya Chapel
Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich the younger and the Kunstkamera
Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley

Qamil and Hanume Xhyheri
Quartan fever
Queens College
Queens. U.S.A.
Queens Village and the qalam

Random assorted photos of the Romanian and Bulgarian Royal Families
Ravenna, Italy
The Red Porch, Rochet-Schneider, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, and Russo-Baltique
Riverdale, Toronto
Rockaways’ Playland
Rosh HaNikra, Israel
Róża Robota
Rue de la Rosière-d’Artois and Rue Crébillon
The Russian Empire’s Pauline Laws (and why they needed revisions)

St. Francis Xavier Church and Xavier High School
St. Nicholas Park and St. Michael’s Russian Catholic Church
St. Vladimir
The Semicircular Hall, the Sorbonne, and St. Serafim of Sarov
Stefania Wilczyńska (Madame Stefa)
Surabaya, Indonesia
A Symphony to Dante’s Divine Comedy
Szent János Hospital, La Samaritaine, and Sant’Ambrogio Market

The tale of an illegal abdication
Tartu, Estonia, and Tata, Hungary
Terza rima
Tottenville, Staten Island
Tsar Aleksey II
Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria
Tsesarevich, Tsaritsa, and Transliteration
Twentieth Arrondissement and Tempio Maggiore Israelitico di Firenze
Twilight sleep

Uelen, Russia
Uku and Eha Masing
The ultimate historical accuracy on fire
The Umileniye Ikon
University Heights
University of Montpellier
Uzbek cuisine

Vailsburg, Newark
The Veseli family of Albania
Victorian Flatbush
Vintage ads from bygone eras
Vintage bike ads and photos
Vintage medicine and snake oil ads
Vintage summer dessert ads
Vintage summer food ads and recipes
Vratsa, Bulgaria

Walden School and West End Avenue
The War of the Worlds at 80, Part I (General overview)
The War of the Worlds at 80, Part II (The panic that never was)
Washington Square Park
Wesselényi Utca and the White Paper
Who knew what when?
Why I love mechanical and early electronic televisions
Why Nicholas was a failure
Winschoten, The Netherlands
The Winter Palace
The Wood of the Self-Murderers

Xanten, Germany
Xanten, Germany, and Xánthi, Greece

Yekaterinburg, Russia
Yerevan, Armenia
Yiorgos and Magdalini Mitzeliotis
Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery

Zagreb, Croatia
The Zayande River
Zionism and “Zog Nit Keyn Mol”