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When I was a kid, Link’s Awakening was one of the first games I played on the Gameboy Colour. I have vivid memories playing that game, even though I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. When I heard the game was being remade for the Nintendo Switch I was really excited. That was until I found out that it cost $79.99 CAD and only had approximately 15 hours of gameplay. I decided to hold off on purchasing the game until it went on sale or until I received it as a gift. …


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Cyberpunk 2077 was arguably one of the most anticipated games of the last decade. Gamers and fans of the cyberpunk genre endured a gruellingly long wait to get the chance to play the game for themselves. With the incredible anticipation built up for this game and the reveal of Keanu Reeves being involved as a major character in the game, the hype reached almost unprecedented levels. The developer, CD Projekt Red, who recently achieved major success with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015, first announced the development of Cyberpunk 2077 in May 2012, over 8 years…


For my first ever book review, I thought it would be best to start with something close to my heart. I’ve been a life-long fan of the Star Wars franchise since I first saw the Original Trilogy when I was a young lad. As a 90s kid, the Prequel Trilogy were the first Star Wars films I had the privilege of watching in theatres and they instantly became my favourites. Over the years I’ve read several Star Wars books, played almost every Star Wars video game, and watched all the newly released films and television series. Even after the new…


The institution of slavery has existed across many societies in human history. In this article, we will investigate, compare, and contrast the centrality of violence to the institution of slavery by examining six different slave societies throughout history. These include Ancient Roman slavery, North American slavery, Native American slavery, Caribbean slavery, Brazilian slavery, and modern day Southeast Asian Slavery.

Painting: Slave Trade by John Raphael Smith (1791) — Image from Yale University

Over the course of human history, the institution of slavery has continually existed in almost every form of human society across the globe. This horrendous institution which involves subjugating another human to an inferior social role, devoid of all basic human…


During the 1960s and 1970s, there was a fundamental transformation in American attitude and opinion of their government which can be documented and examined through the American press and media. By comparing the role of the press, pre-1960, to the role of the press during the 1960s and 1970s, we can observe how and why it changed over the course of these two turbulent decades.

The Watergate Complex located in Washington D.C. — The home of the infamous political scandal involving President Richard Nixon and his “plumbers” who burglarized the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in 1972. Image from Wikimedia Commons

In the twentieth century, no time period has had a greater impact on the present sociopolitical climate in America than the 1960s and 1970s. These two decades, specifically the 1960s, saw the rise of an…


During the early Cold War, religion took a pivotal role in shaping the domestic and foreign policy of the United States. Religion was used as a tool by the U.S. government, particularly through the Hollywood film industry, to press the American political and bureaucratic anti-communist agenda. By stimulating an energetic religious revival, the U.S. government was able to rally the nation to support their anti-communist conquest.

Reverend Billy Graham and President John F. Kennedy shake hands in the Oval Office of the White House. Image from www.billygraham.org

The Cold War was a long, gruelling conflict, fought primarily between the United States and the Soviet Union, that encapsulated the globe from the end of World War II to the early 1990s. Almost…


What caused American naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau to develop his anti-materialist beliefs and why did he heavily criticize contemporary American society? Using his book Walden as a lens, as well as Thoreau’s personal history, we can try to understand how he formed his ideas and values.

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In 1854, Henry David Thoreau published his reflection from his two-year experiment of living a simplified life in nature. Walden would become one of America’s best selling and most highly praised works of literature. The book is full of Thoreau’s inner-most thoughts and explores the two-year spiritual journey he took while living…


The Holocaust was one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. The study of the perpetrators of the Holocaust has been challenging for historians because of the difficulty in understanding the mentality behind the culprits. How did seemingly ordinary people transform into genocidal murderers so quickly and with almost no sign of remorse or guilt for their actions? Were they truly ordinary and what caused this drastic transformation?

An ominous view of the fence surrounding the Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp. Image from Wikimedia Commons

From 1933 to 1945, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, more commonly known as the Nazi Party, systematically oppressed, persecuted, and massacred Jewish, Sinti, and Roma people. Over eleven million victims…


Navigating through the university life can be a daunting task for many students. Figuring out a rhythm and getting into the groove of post-secondary education can be a stressful process that can take some time. This guide aims to help new and returning students achieve success and ultimately reduce stress to make the best of the university experience!

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As a recent graduate, I hope I can provide a new perspective for any student struggling with university life by sharing these essential tips that I wish I had discovered during my first few years. University, like all things in life, is…


The Vietnam War was the quintessential Cold War conflict between the United States and the Sino-Soviet supplied, nationalistic North Vietnam. This war saw the world’s wealthiest and most dominant military force suffer a long, drawn out defeat to a poverty-stricken society of farmers, armed with nothing but an unyielding nationalism and outdated weaponry. In order to fully understand the Cold War, it is necessary to understand the Vietnam War and its impact on United States foreign policy.

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Introduction

The Vietnam War was the longest war in American history, which began with the United States’ involvement in the French Colonial struggle in…

Max Wilde

Historian • MA in History • I study and write about the past! I’m also a Star Wars Enthusiast! Check out my website: https://lifeaccordingtomax.com

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