Julia Kindt, University of Sydney and Tanya Latty, University of Sydney Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (originally published in 1859) shares a deplorable fate with many other classics: … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
Patrick Masters, University of Portsmouth When market trader Tina Gayle was banned from selling mugs featuring Knights Templar logos in a Loughborough Market, Charnwood Borough Council ruled that they were … Continue Reading Alt-Right Claims to March in Step With the Knights Templar – This is Fake History
Benjamin Hoy, University of Saskatchewan Have you played Monopoly lately? Or maybe snakes and ladders? These board games are examples of 100-year-old games that many still play today. But the … Continue Reading Monopoly Was Designed 100 Years Ago to Teach the Dangers of Capitalism
Suleiman Mourad, Réseau français des instituts d’études avancées (RFIEA) What if the Crusades’ history was told from an Arab perspective? In fact, in 2016 al-Jazeera TV did just that. It … Continue Reading Understanding The Crusades From An Islamic Perspective
Asvi Warman Adam, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Between October 1965 and March 1966, members and supporters of Indonesia’s Communist Party (PKI), the third largest in the world at the … Continue Reading How Indonesia’s 1965-1966 Anti-Communist Purge Remade a Nation and the World
Fiona Edmonds, University of Cambridge The medieval world has a powerful hold over our modern imaginations. We continually revisit this murky period of history in fictional frolics such as Game … Continue Reading From Medieval Kings to Modern Politics: The Origins of England’s North-South Divide
William Mulligan, University College Dublin Some political catastrophes come without warning. Others are long foretold, but governments still walk open-eyed into disaster. As the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looms, … Continue Reading When Political Leaders Choose Catastrophe – How Europe Walked Willingly Into World War I
Gideon Cohn-Postar, Northwestern University North Carolina is redoing an election to decide who will represent its 9th Congressional District, after an investigation uncovered evidence of election fraud during the 2018 … Continue Reading A Brief History of North Carolina’s 9th District Contested Election – In 1898
John Beck, University of Westminster World War II led to the massive mobilisation of all the people and resources nations could bring to bear. This was total war on a … Continue Reading How Cold War Anxieties Still Shape Our World Today
Emily Anhalt, Sarah Lawrence College What makes a good leader? This question confronts us at every election and with every domestic and international policy decision. As a professor of classical … Continue Reading Ancient Greek Wisdom For Today’s Leadership Crisis
Alannah Tomkins, Keele University The UK’s Universal Credit programme, which aims to roll six forms of state welfare including unemployment and housing benefits into one, was launched in 2010 with … Continue Reading Why Universal Credit is Like The Victorian Workhouse
J.M. Opal, McGill University When Americans study their 19th-century history, they tend to look at its great conflicts, especially the epic clash over slavery. They are less likely to recall … Continue Reading The Myth of the American Frontier Still Shapes U.S. Racial Divides
The risk of thermonuclear war has rarely been greater. But despite the growing threat, the general public are less prepared than they ever have been to cope with an attack. … Continue Reading Why There’s No Modern Guide To Surviving a Nuclear War
General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a career military officer, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean army by President Salvador Allende on August 1973. Eighteen days later, with the connivance, … Continue Reading World Politics Explainer: Pinochet’s Chile
Backgrounding Marx is hard to do, especially when 2018 is the 200th anniversary of his birth and a huge number of global events are focusing on the great man. This … Continue Reading Everyone Knows About Karl Marx, But What About Friedrich Engels?
According to The Times the late Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, was a Soviet “confidential contact” on the payroll of the KGB to the tune of £37,000 (in today’s money). This might come as something of a shock to followers of British espionage news, who have long assumed that such claims were nonsense – especially after this was found to be the case in the High Court in 1995.