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Mark Perkins

Mark Perkins
Mark Perkins teaches history at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has a B.A. in history from Hillsdale College and did graduate work in modern European history at the University of Arizona. He maintains an occasional blog.
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My grandmother proposed to my wife months before I did. They'd just met the day before, but Grandma, a no-nonsense New Englander, never wasted time on subtlety. “So Andrea,” she said when I stepped out of the...
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A century ago, the Great War tore European civilization apart. The self-confidence and self-regard with which European nations had conquered and colonized great swaths of the globe in the Modern Age collapsed amidst death and destruction on...
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In 1808 Hendrick Aupaumut—a Mahican leader and former captain in the Continental Army—wrote to Thomas Jefferson of his people’s struggle to find a "Sure habitation" in the rapidly expanding new nation. Captain Hendrick’s story is...
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A Hero of Our Time by Mihail Lermontov (trans. Vladimir Nabokov in collaboration with Dmitri Nabokov) "Perhaps some readers," Mihail Lermontov writes as his proxy-self narrator, "will want to know my opinion of Pechorin's character....