The image on the front page is of an issue of the Virginia Gazette, an early American newspaper printed right here in Williamsburg. The feature article in this issue was the first of several written by Thomas Paine under the rubric "The American Crisis". These supported the colonial side in the war for independence from Britain. In other words, it is a text about international relations.
Not only that: Paine's words illustrate just how rich texts can be. The opening paragraph consist of one eminently quotable line after another: "These are the times that try men's souls." "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered." "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly."
All in all, it's a pretty good image to use as the opening backdrop for our site.