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This Week in History: September 8, 2023

Following are some history things that caught my attention this week.


The History of Fat: The Complex Attitudes Toward Fatness in the Pre-Modern World. Dig History takes a look at how fatness has been perceived, medicalized, and stigmatized throughout history.

Gallows with Kenneth Duggan. The Medieval Podcast discusses capital crime in medieval England.


Book History in the Bay Area. A nerdy look at old-school printing and bookbinding from Contingent Magazine.

Former Gun Company Executive Explains Roots of America's Gun Violence Epidemic. Propublica interviews Ryan Busse on how the gun industry had manipulated gun culture making our country far more violent and far less safe.

Letters From an American. Heather Cox Richardson takes a look at unprecedented warnings about the precarity of our democracy.


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