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E156d09edb938373e3543d1b385a51d4 Felicita @Felicita - about 18 hours ago

The Rules of Drinking | History Today

In England and parts of Germany, extreme drinking at universities often looks much the same as in the US. But in countries where wine is more popular than beer, such as Italy, France, Spain and Greece, bingeing and drinking games are rarer and generally frowned on.  Yet i...continued
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725ac8c62bcc32f06195cf20b372a31a Muriel @Muriel - 3 days ago

Pandemics: Now and Then | History Today

The Greek roots of endemic, epidemic and pandemic give them a patina of scientific precision, which is misleading. The uses and connotations of the terms have changed radically over time and even today they lack crisp definition. In ancient Greek, pandemic meant ‘relating...continued
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394b4c0c4dd468b433ba43c77bdbb708 Bart @Bart - 3 days ago

July Quiz

[unable to retrieve full-text content]July QuizHistory Today Who was the first and only prime minister to be assassinated? How many people were in the Council of Ten?Source: History Today Feed
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3830cba028d7333d81fee686fab573c8 Kari @Kari - 4 days ago

The Flood | History Today

Noah was in his 600th year when, in its second month, ‘the windows of heaven were opened and rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights’. According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, God, reflecting on man’s wickedness, ‘regretted ever having created him. He resolved to destr...continued
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367ec04c80b95de4cfdf036599b35350 Garnet @Garnet - 4 days ago

The Liberator’s Saviour is ‘Buried’

A small group of armed men approached the presidential palace in Bogotá on the night of 25 September 1828. Inside, Simón Bolívar lay in bed asleep beside his mistress, Manuela Sáenz. El Liberator had led large parts of South America to freedom from imperial Spain, but his...continued
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C0c3cfe5664cc7e6deb04e9e150ccd98 Devin @Devin - 5 days ago

Earthly Delights | History Today

During lockdown, many people, at least those fortunate enough to have access to some kind of outside space, found solace in gardening. Germans refer to gardening as the ‘English art’ and it is telling that the nation’s garden centres were among the first institutions to r...continued
Earthly delights
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7094e9deddcf03241ed9894017ba09bc Rose @Rose - 5 days ago

The Cost of Cleanliness | History Today

In the midst of a global pandemic, with heightened new considerations of sanitation and hygiene, there has perhaps never been such an advantageous time to publish a work called The Clean Body. Timing aside, what Peter Ward manages to deftly show throughout this book is no...continued
Washing
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192059156a7075f96be3d979645bdbcc Zackery @Zackery - 8 days ago

Worlds Little and Large | History Today

The events of the past few months have changed all our lives in ways we could not have imagined at the start of the year. Back in January, historians were playfully predicting what our version of the ‘Twenties’ might look like: would it be a repeat of the Roaring 1920s, o...continued
Worlds little large
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1f7b605070774dac8bb3c859143de9d2 Jeffrey @Jeffrey - 10 days ago

Who is History’s Worst Political Adviser?

‘Many bristled at Nikephoros’ tactless behaviour’ Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford History, as we know, does not repeat itself. It is simply a coincidence that in the Byzantine Empire in the second half of the 11th century an advis...continued
Claudius
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Bcc328421e41493288f095ab9a711673 Roger @Roger - 11 days ago

The Colonels’ Failed PR Coup

In the modern era, relations between states have usually been conducted through diplomatic envoys. Since public opinion has become more important to policy makers, however, governments have increasingly resorted to outsourcing. Regimes with an image problem tend to hire p...continued
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62b830bbc5092803336a4f6bb9370281 Manley @Manley - 12 days ago

The King After Carta | History Today

The reign of Henry III is difficult for the historian to summarise. Lasting 56 years, it is the fourth longest in English history, after those of Victoria, George III and Elizabeth II. In the early and middle years there was a long period of peace and relative harmony, fo...continued
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34392094b518c79e322481ceb0004cbf Colin @Colin - 12 days ago

The Field of Cloth of Gold: A Duel in Jewels

When the two monarchs parted in 1520 they agreed to meet again. But the Field of Cloth of Gold was followed by renewed enmity and it was 12 years before their second meeting took place, in October 1532, at Calais and Boulogne.  The meeting largely occurred at the behest o...continued
Tapestryhenrifrancois
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Eac8a1ccc60323b8c8f2660965836fef Immanuel @Immanuel - 15 days ago

Breathing Easily | History Today

The ancient workplace was extremely hazardous, its conditions causing health problems from callouses and scars to permanent deformities or other, less immediately visible, issues, such as breathing problems. Despite the absence of the modern understanding of health and sa...continued
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222d8c41bd81f4a6d7b47e2341f0ffca Jarod @Jarod - 16 days ago

The Field of Cloth of Gold

Shortly after 5pm on the afternoon of Thursday 7 June 1520, Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met for the first time. Surrounded by an entourage of knights, gentlemen and troops, they greeted each other on horseback in a shallow vale between the town of Guînes...continued
Clothofgold
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3830cba028d7333d81fee686fab573c8 Kari @Kari - 17 days ago

The Early Life of Gibberish

For as long as the English language has been spoken, we have entertained the possibility of talking gibberish. While nonsense uses real words to make sentences that make no sense, gibberish is made of sounds and syllables which cannot be decoded. It may seem the most stup...continued
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9c02f74a2060b9a7d8d9cd41fd6c26ed Clarissa @Clarissa - 18 days ago

On Her Most Serene Republic’s Secret Service

To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive. Buy Online Access  Buy Print & Archive Subscription If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in. Please email d...continued
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1a914154cd263fa68f1b8d6529ef63dd Sandrine @Sandrine - 19 days ago

Child Voters | History Today

The Belfast Telegraph of 7 February 1906 ran a story under the headline ‘The Youngest Voter in the Kingdom’. It concerned Alexander Atkinson, a mill worker from County Antrim, who had recently cast his ballot in that year’s General Election: as a ‘thoroughgoing loyalist’,...continued
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041490c94bd26a3efdf85d49d9b013ba Alexie @Alexie - 22 days ago

On the Spot: Archie Brown

Why are you a historian of the Soviet Union? Because Leonard Schapiro put the idea in my head. What’s the most important lesson history has taught you? That even ‘unreformable’ systems can be reformed or dismantled from within.  Which history book has had the greatest inf...continued
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A83b4d2292ad0135445fc0a7644d14c3 Joe @Joe - 22 days ago

Horse Power | History Today

In the West, the 19th century was a frenetic one for the horse, which became ubiquitous and democratised, fetishised and consumed in multiple senses. Industrialisation and urbanisation required an army of equids, while leisure equestrianism opened up to a larger audience....continued
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Abe69d7aacc9c6d89b2d1ff5e9ac6ef4 Hank @Hank - 23 days ago

An Epidemic of Shame | History Today

The global pandemic has sent journalists reaching for their history books: how have epidemics shaped history? What can the influenza of 1918-20 teach us? In what ways did the Black Death herald a new world and build a fairer society? But Covid-19 is producing another skei...continued
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1a4d3a462311ba36d913731c2e16402c Pablo @Pablo - 24 days ago

Safe as Houses? | History Today

Seventy years ago, a government-appointed committee published a report into the future of Britain’s country house heritage. The report is not as well known as the other achievements of the 1945-51 Labour government, such as the creation of the National Health Service or t...continued
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C0decc0c6b5bd408c22c456fa130a368 Marie @Marie - 24 days ago

The Film Churchill Tried to Kill

The German army is at Stalingrad. Bomber Command is sending 479 planes to bomb Düsseldorf. And, in September 1942, Winston Churchill is writing to Brendan Bracken, his Minister of Information (and founder of History Today), about a British film already in production: ‘Pro...continued
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56a34dc91390858efd1999c86a89c348 George @George - 25 days ago

History Wars | History Today

History is always politics. For governments, as well as social and religious institutions, control of narratives about the past is a vital source of authority and legitimation in the present. In the age of the Reformation this became more evident than during any previous ...continued
Apostolic palace
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0dc07c0d4e39afa6eb19dda76eb11879 Kristina @Kristina - 25 days ago

Question Marx | History Today

Why should Karl Marx be included in Yale’s excellent Jewish Lives series when the subject of this fascinating book never referred to his Jewish origins? Shlomo Avineri, the eminent Israeli intellectual and academic, has attempted to unravel Marx’s connection to his Jewish...continued
Marx
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769b45cbbba62f6d3aa67bb11e7a293f Raoul @Raoul - 26 days ago

Follow the Money | History Today

In her last book, Liberty’s Dawn, Emma Griffin argued that Britain’s Industrial Revolution brought significant gains to men’s lives. Drawing on hundreds of working-class autobiographies, she showed how economic change meant higher earnings, greater variety of occupations ...continued
Breadwinner
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