A spark is a beginning, a moment of heat more likely to vanish than turn into a conflagration. It can be an idea, a problem, a moment, a person, a movement, a bomb, or, on occasion, an actual fire. But historians know that any spark they find is itself also a middle and an end.

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Perspectives on History October 2023 Cover.


L. Renato Grigoli, editor
Laura Ansley, senior managing editor
Lizzy Meggyesy, research and publications assistant
Alexandra F. Levy, communications manager
Liz Townsend, manager, data administration and integrity