Joyce E Chaplin
Professor of Early American History, Harvard University

Joyce E Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Her latest book is Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit (2012).

Written by Joyce E Chaplin

Ordos in Inner Mongolia is China's largest 'ghost town', a Utopian ambition curtailed by harsh reality. Photo courtesy Raphael Olivier from his series on failed Utopias.
Essay/
Progress and modernity
Is greatness finite?

The world feels caught between infinite possibility and limited resources. Thomas More and T R Malthus can help

Joyce E Chaplin

Detail from Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze 1532. Staatliche Museen, Berlin. Courtesy Wikimedia
Essay/
History of technology
The hand-held’s tale

For centuries, the powerful would never hold anything useful for themselves. How did devices become universal luxuries?

Joyce E Chaplin