Unexplained History: What Historians Still Don’t Understand

Caroline Winterer
Caroline Winterer
Stanford University

Caroline Winterer is William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, as well as the Department Chair, at Stanford University. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, she also is a recipient of an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution for mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin. She is the author of several books, including American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason, and her latest, entitled Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to our Digital Era. 

Overview

Unexplained History

Despite what the song “Wonderful World” says, there’s a lot we know about history. But there are still some pretty big gaps in our knowledge, for the simple reason that a lot of information about the past gets lost over time. Wars, fires, floods, deliberate destruction, or just plain carelessness—all of these factors and more contribute to some pretty fascinating historical mysteries.

Interesting Unknown Historical Events

Together, we’ll discuss the latest reliable evidence and theories for some major events, people, and buildings that fascinate all of us. Who were the first Americans, and when—and how—did they arrive? How on earth did Stonehenge get built? What did Cleopatra look like? What caused the Salem witchcraft outbreak of 1692? All of these, and more, will be examined during this fun and fascinating talk.

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