Elisabeth Edwards

Elisabeth Edwards is a public historian and history content writer. After completing her Master’s in Public History at Western University in Ontario, Canada Elisabeth has shared her passion for history as a researcher, interpreter, and volunteer at local heritage organizations.

She also helps make history fun and accessible with her podcast The Digital Dust Podcast, which covers topics on everything from art history to grad school.

In her spare time, you can find her camping, hiking, and exploring new places. Elisabeth is especially thrilled to share a love of history with readers who enjoy learning something new every day!

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Articles by Elisabeth Edwards:

The Five Sullivan Brothers Died Serving Aboard the Same Ship in the Pacific

The five Sullivan brothers aboard the USS Juneau (CL-52)

For any family, the loss of a sibling, child or relative during war is devastating. For Thomas and Alleta Sullivan, their entire lives changed when…

Six Authoritarian Countries Where Democracy Is Virtually Extinct

Soldier standing in full uniform + Parade occurring on the streets of North Korea

In 2006, The Economist published the first-ever Democracy Index, a system that measures the state of democracy in nations around the world. Ranking countries on…

Manila American Cemetery Is Home to More US WWII Dead Than Any Other Site

Rows of crosses at the Manila American Cemetery

Some 16,859 American soldiers call the Manila American Cemetery their final resting place, making it the largest US site of World War II dead. It’s…

Dogs, Emus and Cows – Oh My! Ridiculous Wars Fought Throughout History

Dog lying down outside + Close-up of an emu + Cow standing in mud

War has long been a costly approach to conflict, yet it remains a part of international politics and society. From the assassination of Franz Ferdinand…

Movies That Best Show the Realities of Tank Warfare

Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson as Lt. Col. Kiley and Maj. Wolenski in 'Battle of the Bulge' + Stuart Margolin and Clint Eastwood as Sgt. First Class Kelly and Pvt. Little Joe in 'Kelly's Heroes'

Each year, a handful of new films take to the big screen to showcase the greatest warriors and innovations spawned in wartime. From Top Gun…

High School Project Reunites Twin Brothers Seven Decades After WWII

Servicemen carrying a flag-draped coffin

On June 19, 2018, twin brothers Ludwig Julius Wilhelm “Louie” Pieper and Julius Heinrich Otto “Henry” Pieper were laid to rest side-by-side, some 74 years…

Battle of Kamdesh: Vastly Outnumbered, US Army Troops Defeated Over 300 Taliban Insurgents

Members of the 61st Cavalry Regiment standing together

On October 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban insurgents descended upon US Army Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in Kamdesh, Afghanistan. The some 50 soldiers of…

Veterans Call for Canada to Award First Victoria Cross Since World War II

Veterans in Canada are calling on the federal government to recognize the bravest acts of heroism performed by soldiers during the War in Afghanistan by…

Arizona City Celebrated WWII Veteran’s 105th Birthday with Amazing Surprise

Athena Wright smiling

Athena Wright was a young woman in her 20s when she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, as well as the greatest sacrifice of…

Gods of War: History’s Greatest Warriors Who Never Lost a Battle

Painting of a battle scene + Statue of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus + Military portrait of George Henry Thomas

Throughout history, the world’s best leaders have, largely, started out as some of the greatest warriors. From the ancient societies of Greece, Rome and Egypt…

Rare Photographs Reveal the Honorable History of Japan’s Samurai

Portrait of four samurai dressed in armor

Japan’s samurai were among the most powerful warriors of their time, rising through the ranks of society to become rulers in their own right. Not…

The Nuclear War Between Russia and China That Almost Happened

Mushroom cloud rising into the sky + Portrait of Leonid Brezhnev + Portrait of Mao Zedong

In the early stages of the Cold War, Americans saw Soviet Russia and China as working together as one Communist “monster,” threatening to destroy everything…