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Leadership Advice from the Past: Make Sure Your Shoes Are On Point!

Source: Century Company, The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, William Dwight Whitney, Supervisor (New York: Century Company, 1911), 4656. .

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Clothing & Sumptuary Laws

  • Donald Quataert, “Clothing Laws, State, and Society in the Ottoman Empire, 1720-1829” International Journal of Middle East Studies 29, no. 3 (1997): 403–25.
  • “A Thirteenth-Century Castilian Sumptuary Law,” Business History Review, 37, no. 1/2 (1963): 98–100,
  • Also mentioned is Giorgio Riello and Ulinka Rublack, The Right To Dress: Sumptuary Laws in a Global Perspective, c. 1200–1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Spanish Colonial Officials

  • Alejandro Cañeque, The King’s Living Image: The Culture and Politics of Viceregal Power in Colonial Mexico, eBook edition via EBSCO (New York: Routledge, 2004).
  • The main Spanish theorist of government mentioned in this section is the Franciscan friar named Juan de Santa María. His book is available via Google Books: Juan de Santa María (O.F.P.), Tratado de república y policía christiana para reyes y principes y para los que en el govierno tienen sus vezes (Barcelona: Sebastian de Cormellas, 1618). Available at

Blora region of Java, Indonesia

  • Adrian Vickers, A History of Modern Indonesia, Second Kindle Edition (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 34–40.


  • Louise Levathes, When China Ruled the Seas (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).



You’re Disorderly

Horatio Greenough's statue of a shirtless George Washington, turning a sword over to the American people
Horatio Greenough’s 1832 statue of a shirtless George Washington. Like the hero of the Roman Republic Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, artists often depict Washington turning over his sword to the people of his republic

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Race & Inequality in U.S. History

  • On Northern segregation see Yelena Bailey, How the Streets Were Made: Housing Segregation and Black Life in America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Ch. 1. eBook at
  • Other information in this section can be found in any solid textbook on U.S. history written by historians.

Washington & Jefferson on the Society of the Cincinnati

Versailles’ Alternate Universe

  • Most of this information comes from Warren H. Lewis, The Splendid Century (Prospect Heights: IL: Waveland Press, 1953).

Religious justification of Divine Right: See

  • Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, “On Divine Right” in Walter D,. Ward and Denis Gainty, Sources of World Societies, Vol. 2: Since 1450 (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012), 32–25.

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