How Cold War Anxieties Still Shape Our World Today

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 global scale, producing a new sense among nations that their fates were interconnected. New technologies of war, such as heavy bombers and long-range missiles like…

Forget Folk Remedies, Medieval Europe Spawned a Golden Age of Medical Theory

Winston Black, University of Tennessee It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times. According to the usual narrative of the history of progress, medicine in the European Middle Ages – from around the 5th to the 15th centuries – was a formless mass of superstition and folk remedies; the…

Mythbusting Ancient Rome – The Emperor Nero

Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland If asked to think of a single individual who epitomises the decadence, destruction and debauchery of Ancient Rome, the name Nero would surely be on many people’s lips. Attaining power in A.D. 54 at the tender age of 16, over the next 14 years…

Mythbusting Ancient Rome — Did All Roads Actually Lead There?

Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland We all know the phrase “all roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to mean something like “there is more than one way to reach the same goal”. But did all roads ever really lead to the eternal city?…