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0da67bf7aa16c0b7dda10df8b0c1a695 Alvah @Alvah - about 18 hours ago
Death of an Occultist | History Today
The problem with theosophy, W.B. Yeats said, was that its followers wanted to turn a good philosophy into a bad religion. Its founder, Madame Blavatsky, seems to have agreed. ‘There are about half a dozen real theosophists in the world’, she told the great Irish poet. ‘An...continued
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B32a14d6694cf7df7a187f69ad01ace5 Patrick @Patrick - about 18 hours ago
A Tyrant goes on Trial
The idea that leaders and their functionaries might be held to account did not begin with the Nuremberg Trials that followed the Second World War. Precedents cited in the trials themselves included the Imperial Diet at Regensburg, which followed Frederick II’s invasion of...continued
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1a914154cd263fa68f1b8d6529ef63dd Sandrine @Sandrine - about 18 hours ago
Is Caribbean History the Key to Understanding the Modern World?
‘The Caribbean became a focal point of rivalries among Europeans, a location where imperial contests were fought’Carla Gardina Pestana, Author of The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire (Belknap Harvard, 2017).The Caribbean ushered in the modern ...continued
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6ede9b368e706f8b5e5082140d4d45d9 Moises @Moises - 1 day ago
The Spy, The Enigma | History Today
George Blake, who died last year aged 98, is less well known than his fellow spies educated at Cambridge. He was not recruited by his peer group, he operated alone, he was not part of the Establishment and perhaps, as a result, he was treated more harshly than his fellow ...continued
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Aafc872a384e36f0c748991d0e7580c6 Minnie @Minnie - 3 days ago
Polling in a Pandemic | History Today
This May, English, Scottish and Welsh voters go to the polls in the first UK elections held during a pandemic since 1918. That year, amid an influenza epidemic which claimed the lives of tens of millions globally, David Lloyd George led his coalition government to a crush...continued
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C8fdc7c246b9dd38f4ef160727d6eec5 Monserrat @Monserrat - 4 days ago
Breaking Time’s Arrow | History Today
‘Historians were key architects of empire’, writes Priya Satia, in her meditative, intensive and sweeping critique of the discipline of history. Questions of agency and intention have long been at the heart of historical explanation and critique, but Satia wishes to expos...continued
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F0eeb861062e22bc7a935a0992b58cb8 Ariel @Ariel - 4 days ago
The Lives of Napoleon | History Today
Two hundred years after his death, what more is there to say about Napoleon Bonaparte? He remains a perennially popular subject for works of history aimed at the general reader, whether conventional biographies or more specialised studies on aspects of his life, regime an...continued
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29d678841773a96cd144675798d50e70 Maida @Maida - 8 days ago
Out of Time, But Not Out of Tune
A few months before the first lockdown I was browsing through a book I’ve often read before. It’s a collection of poems by the 15th-century friar James Ryman, who wrote a large number of English carols and hymn translations. It includes poems for all seasons of the year, ...continued
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0da67bf7aa16c0b7dda10df8b0c1a695 Alvah @Alvah - 10 days ago
400 Years of Melancholising | History Today
Melancholia. Engraving by Sebald Beham, 1539 © Bridgeman Images.The Oxford scholar Robert Burton completed his first and only book on 5 December 1620. Even as he did so, he was on the defensive, anticipating criticism: ‘I like it, so doth he, thou doest not, is it therefo...continued
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147dc0c27c3cd291f5eab25bef76237a Americo @Americo - 10 days ago
Alternative Histories: Jerusalem, A.D. 30
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Alternative Histories: Jerusalem, A.D. 30Katie HolyoakWed, 04/28/2021 - 15:35Source: History Today Feed
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34392094b518c79e322481ceb0004cbf Colin @Colin - 11 days ago
Britannia’s ‘Huns’ | History Today
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367ec04c80b95de4cfdf036599b35350 Garnet @Garnet - 12 days ago
Raise Your Words | History Today
It is now 20 years since the publication of Jonathan Rose’s majestic and moving study, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes. Having sifted through more than 2,000 memoirs, Rose painted a vivid, sometimes barely believeable, portrait of men and women over t...continued
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0e8bbdb1e225a468900a861824b0da05 Hannah @Hannah - 12 days ago
The Man who Haunts America
David Blight, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, once wrote that as ‘long as we have a politics of race in America, we will have a politics of Civil War memory’. He could just as easily have written that, as long as the United States has a politics of race, its politic...continued
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C0c3cfe5664cc7e6deb04e9e150ccd98 Devin @Devin - 15 days ago
Napoleon: Two Centuries of Life after Death
Napoleon on his Deathbed on St Helena, by Denzil O. Ibbetson, 1821.The French press announced the following on 7 July 1821:We received the English papers of the 4th of this month by special dispatch … This is how the Courrier gives the news: ‘Buonaparte is no more: he die...continued
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24490084fc6f12363038e6f513dd8ace Myles @Myles - 15 days ago
Book of Remembrance | History Today
The legacy of Indigenous Australian service in the First World War has long been overlooked, in part due to wartime policies that initially restricted service to those of ‘substantially European’ descent. Australia had been settled on the legal fiction of terra nullius, w...continued
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6fbf27ec08c2f7663e39dc017353475e Josiah @Josiah - 17 days ago
Popes: Power to the People
Delivery of Keys to St Peter, by Vincenzo Catena, c.1520 © akg-images.A group of princes gathered in Schmalkalden, a small town in central Germany, in February 1537. These men of the Schmalkaldic League were eminent followers of Martin Luther, the Augustinian friar who ha...continued
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422f200971248def7ffc1673a54fa3cb Grayce @Grayce - 17 days ago
Death of a Medieval Lover
From the beginning, their affair was hardly private. He joked about it in his lectures and wrote love songs that were sung far and wide. But they were both, in their own way, already famous.By the 1110s, Peter Abelard was in his thirties, with a fast-growing reputation as...continued
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394b4c0c4dd468b433ba43c77bdbb708 Bart @Bart - 18 days ago
America’s Western Problem | History Today
A Navajo woman and two young men at Ford Defiance, in what was then New Mexico, 1873. Photo by Timothy H O’Sullivan © Getty Images.The end of the American Civil War brought freedom to enslaved labourers in the South, but not to those in the West. Neither of the measures t...continued
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F83221f06565aed5272a3e729d6efe18 Alexander @Alexander - 19 days ago
Fiume for Fiumians | History Today
Before the Habsburg monarchy’s collapse, the port city of Fiume (now Rijeka in Croatia) was a corpus separatum, or semi-autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Hungary. It had its own council under a governor appointed by Budapest, rather than being subordinate to Hung...continued
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1a4d3a462311ba36d913731c2e16402c Pablo @Pablo - 22 days ago
Turn on, Tune in, Fight Back
Southern Africa was among the last battlefields of the Cold War, a region where colonialism dug in its heels, eager to outlive its day. Whether it was the Zimbabwe African National Union’s armed struggle in Rhodesia, the Nelson Mandela-led ANC’s fight against Apartheid in...continued
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Ac7d6ae4836b778c0e45d9f73deed0cb Delia @Delia - 24 days ago
Is There Too Much Military History?
‘With all that has been written, there are still many questions worth addressing’Beatrice Heuser, Professor of International Relations, University of GlasgowAny visitor to a British airport bookshop will come away with the impression that business management and military ...continued
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56a34dc91390858efd1999c86a89c348 George @George - 25 days ago
Sheppard’s Warning | History Today
On 16 November 1724 Jack Sheppard was hanged at Tyburn. Where Marble Arch now stands, thousands witnessed the 22-year-old Londoner’s agonising end as plans to save him dissolved in chaos. While Sheppard’s brief career in burglary had not been especially notable, by the ti...continued
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192059156a7075f96be3d979645bdbcc Zackery @Zackery - 26 days ago
Long Division | History Today
The British Empire is often presented as an endeavour that conquered territory, carried out atrocities and looted resources. Max Siollun’s What Britain Did to Nigeria provides some evidence to support that case. But Siollun also provides much-needed nuance: British coloni...continued
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Efd687c46d03677522c615b86a341217 Emmie @Emmie - 29 days ago
The Poet as Daemon | History Today
Joseph Mede, one of John Milton’s tutors at Christ’s College, Cambridge, thought that Calvinists who believed in the doctrine of absolute reprobation were themselves fixed in strong opinions and so ‘according to their own Tempers made a judgement of God and his Decrees’. ...continued
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B9fae85d63d3cf084c4f15cdbd0ccaba Giles @Giles - 30 days ago
In Plain Sight | History Today
Tolerated for centuries of European history, only in the last few decades has sex between adults and children become an absolute taboo. In Unspeakable, Rachel Hope Cleves uses the life of one self-identified ‘pederast’, the writer Norman Douglas, to explain the conditions...continued
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