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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Stephen R. Bown

Stephen R. Bown is the author of eight books on the history of science, ideas and exploration, including the early spice trade. His latest, The White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen and the Soul of the Polar North, will be published in the fall of 2015.

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Stephen R. Bown

The Clever Science of Commerce

How a fur monopoly explained North America to the world October 2014
When we think of the eponymous and venerable Hudson’s Bay Company, the first thing that comes to mind might be beavers and their luxurious and valuable pelts, the daring exploits of explorers who pushed the boundaries of European geographical knowledge of North America, or perhaps the ruthless and somewhat unsavoury antics of its most famous figurehead and…

A Glimmer of Globalization

Tracking a merchant map becomes a voyage of tantalizing digression December 2013
But we have got there, to the origin of the map—well, more or less. With an unsigned and undated document such as ours, this is not a bad showing,” Timothy Brook concludes with great understatement near the end of his intriguing new book, Mr. Selden’s Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer