James Blake Wiener

James Blake Wiener is the communications director of Ancient History Encyclopedia, and a professional writer, editor and journalist. He earned his BA, magna cum laude, in History and his MA in World History from New York University. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor of history, Wiener is primarily interested in cross-cultural exchange, international relations and the nuances of globalization.

The Pioneering Fashions of Lady Duff Gordon

March 22, 2016

In this guest edition of The Interview, James Blake Wiener talks to author Randy Bryan Bigham. In the late 19th and early 20th century, one woman broke multiple social barriers to become the leading designer of haute couture: Lucy Duff Gordon (1863-1935). While her name is virtually unknown today, Duff...

An Ordinary Marriage: Russia in the 19th Century

August 25, 2014

Relationships between men and women in 19th-century Russia did not follow the widely accepted clichés. An Ordinary Marriage is based upon the rich and eccentric private documents of the Chikhachev family — gentry landowners who lived in provincial Russia — and offers a fascinating take on 19th-century Russian history and...

Norman Berdichevsky’s Denmark: An Introduction to Danish Culture

June 04, 2014

Amid tough immigration laws, Denmark has contributed countless times to the fields of science, art, literature and design. Smaller and less well-known than neighboring Norway and Sweden, Denmark is something of an enigma to the wider world. However, Danish contributions to science, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, music, architecture and...

Kindred Spirits? Canada and the US in a Comparative Lens

April 07, 2014

On which issues do Americans and Canadians converge and diverge the most? Regions Apart: The Four Societies of Canada and the United States, by Dr. Edward Grabb, professor emeritus of sociology at Western University and the late Dr. James Curtis of the University of Waterloo, redefined and reoriented the field...

Tradition, Innovation, and Contradiction: Switzerland in Focus

November 02, 2013

Switzerland’s political system might be slow, but it’s “grown-up” politics. James Blake Wiener, Communications Director of the Ancient History Encyclopedia and independent writer, speaks to Diccon Bewes, the award-winning author of Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk & Money, about what makes modern Switzerland tick.