Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


I’ve Overshared and it’s too late to Retract

I have described writing my forthcoming book as something I needed to do, almost like an itch that needed to be scratched.   But now that it is finished, I have very mixed feelings about its...

Orla T. Muldoon | 10 Apr 2024

Is Polling Dead?

Polls are already big news – and they’ll only get bigger as we doom scroll our way through another appalling election cycle.  Is Trump really up in Michigan? Is Biden really hemorrhaging support...

Michael A. Bailey | 4 Apr 2024

Faulkner’s Material Texts

William Faulkner at his home in Oxford, Mississippi, ca. 1932 In 2016, a handmade booklet of drawings and poems turned up on an episode of Antiques Roadshow from Little Rock, Arkansas. The man who...

Jonathan Berliner | 4 Apr 2024

A Different Take on Ideological Polarization

One of the most common explanations for our divided world is that we are all very different from each other, and that getting along is thus correspondingly difficult.  The world is a very diverse...

Nilson Ariel Espino | 4 Apr 2024

Not Broke, but You Can See the Cracks

President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel...

David P. Fields | 4 Apr 2024

Jazz: That Fantastic Mix

In late 2022, BMW began manufacturing their new hybrid SUV, the XM. The German automaker had unveiled the vehicle in concept form a year earlier—at an Art Basel event they sponsored in Miami Beach,...

Michael Borshuk | 28 Mar 2024

Democracy, Theatre and Performance

We all know that democracy is in trouble.  We are less sure what to blame. Political donations and invisible algorithms? The rise of a culture of personal rights replacing a culture of community?...

David Wiles | 28 Mar 2024

Gods in a nutshell: divine names in the ancient Mediterranean world

Thales of Miletus, in the 6th century BCE, asserted that “everything is full of gods”. In his view, even inanimate things were in fact animate. His vision of the world, taken up by Plato,...

Corinne Bonnet | 27 Mar 2024

Kant’s Ethics in Historical Context

The eighteenth-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) became a towering figure in the history of Western philosophy because his thinking was revolutionary in many ways. Take one of his...

Michael Walschots | 27 Mar 2024

Imagining the Vulnerable Bible

What if the Bible that sits on your shelf-the Bible you hear read from in services, the Bible from which your clergy preach sermons, the Bible held up by politicians inspired by its contents-was...

Andrew S. Jacobs | 27 Mar 2024

Empowering Labor: Leftist approaches to wage policy in unequal democracies

“Empowering Labor” delves into the utilization of wage policy as a pre-distributive instrument by leftist governments in South America and Southern Europe. This comparative study focuses on...

Juan A. Bogliaccini | 22 Mar 2024

Andromeda Galaxy at 100

In 1924, American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953) established the distance of the “Great Nebula” in Andromeda, clearly placing it outside the limits of our Milky Way. All of a sudden, the...

Jean René Roy | 21 Mar 2024