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Cultural History Articles

Our world’s cultural diversity is awe-inspiring. In this corner of the Internet, we’re embracing and exploring the history behind all the unique customs that we see today.

Have you ever considered the origins and meaning behind the celebration of Halloween? How about Labor Day, or Juneteenth? Where exactly did the charming legend of Santa Claus come from, and how did it come to be tied to a Christian holiday? Even for those who observe these holidays, their fascinating historical origins can be obscure, but we’re breaking it all down for you.

Beyond the celebration of holidays, there’s a whole world of cultural history to explore. Dig into culinary history books that share the meaning behind various regional dishes and eating etiquette. Discover the history behind endangered languages that only have a few speakers left. Or learn about the fraught history of the corset, and what the garment meant to the women who wore it.

Curious about cultures beyond your own? We’ve rounded up the best books that open your eyes to other people’s way of life. Including Christian and Jewish history, the Middle East, Native American perspectives, Black history, and more, the best way you can appreciate other cultures is to educate yourself about them.

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10 Best Food Travel Books

Help yourself to a fascinating new read.

The Long and Tangled History Behind 5 Looted Historical Artifacts

Many of them have yet to be returned to their countries of origin.

8 Engrossing Social Science Books You Should Read

Explore history from a people-focused perspective.

11 Must-Read Irish History Books and Travel Guides

Discover the grand wonders and rich history of the Emerald Isle.

Who Was Saint Valentine? 

The Christian martyr and symbol of love has a murky backstory.

The History of Fashion in 10 Books

From corsets to women's military uniforms.

7 Books About Paganism to Shed Light on the Ancient World

Look beyond mainstream religion to find fascinating insights into our cultural past.

The Long and Impactful History of the Silk Road

An integral means of exchange between various cultures.

The Rich History of Hispanic Heritage Month 

A time to honor Latinx and Hispanic communities. 

8 Intriguing New History Books for Summer and Fall 2023

There’s no time like the present to dive into the past. 

8 Books About the Renaissance, From Art to Politics

A period of "rebirth" that continues to fascinate.

Pompeii’s Graffiti Gives Us Insight Into Ancient Rome

From ancient walls to social media, humans have always had something to say.

The History of Museums, from "Cabinets of Curiosity" to Today

As our understanding of history has evolved, so has the way we learn about it.