Anything to do with History

3830cba028d7333d81fee686fab573c8 Kari @Kari - about 12 hours ago
Death of a Medieval Polymath
The visions began when Hildegard of Bingen was young – perhaps just three. The visions did not come in dreams or ecstatic states; ecstasy, she thought, was a defect. They came like a cloud of light inside her, on which forms and shadows moved while her eyes were open and ...continued
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422f200971248def7ffc1673a54fa3cb Grayce @Grayce - about 12 hours ago
Making Massacre | History Today
Dunblane, Manchester Arena, Sandy Hook: the place names evoke grief and horror, a cry of anguish pinned to a map, each the site of a massacre. Such atrocities might seem as old as time, but the word itself is not. Massacre worked its way into the English language in the l...continued
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B2e1b8b378e5e7660ec2a2923ad69789 Marlon @Marlon - 4 days ago
Why Study the Past? | History Today
History matters; that much we know. Evidence of its importance is all around us, in cinemas, bookshops, days of remembrance, political discourse and, as has been underlined recently, statues. But why does it matter? Here there is less consensus. Many different justificati...continued
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422f200971248def7ffc1673a54fa3cb Grayce @Grayce - 5 days ago
The Last Sikh Queen | History Today
John Newmarch, a British solicitor, published a letter in the week before Christmas 1848 in the widely read Calcutta newspaper, The Englishman. It contained a searing indictment of East India Company policy. He was addressing none other than the Company’s Governor-General...continued
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292890d964de1c8eba1a56fae0ed91c0 Alexzander @Alexzander - 6 days ago
The First Blind Medical Trials
In his satirical poem, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809), Lord Byron mocked medical charlatans who repeatedly introduced new gimmicks in order to extort large sums of money from gullible customers:What varied wonders tempt us as they pass!The Cow-pox, Tractors, Ga...continued
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A83b4d2292ad0135445fc0a7644d14c3 Joe @Joe - 7 days ago
No Such Thing | History Today
The title of The Invention of China, and of each of its chapters that address sovereignty, the Han race, Chinese history, language, national territory and maritime claims, echo The Invention of Tradition. That seminal collection, edited by Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger...continued
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61d3ff630fa6a556085f59f9ba20938e Assunta @Assunta - 8 days ago
Judith and Holofernes | History Today
Abra, the maidservant of Judith, a Jewish widow renowned for her beauty and charm, wraps the severed head of the Assyrian general Holofernes in a bag. He has been murdered, brutally, by Judith, immediately after she had seduced him. In doing so, she has saved Israel from ...continued
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4a267f11de75663a48a0fdf6365ffa8c Elvie @Elvie - 8 days ago
The Western Gaze | History Today
Over the past hundred years, foreign correspondents have been central to the West’s understanding of Russia’s political and cultural turning points, the revolutions, wars and changes in political power. James Rodgers’ Assignment Moscow focuses on the stories of those jour...continued
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6c170accf2ec5f1d4dbc252c635bb25c Erik @Erik - 11 days ago
First Among Equals | History Today
‘I am Toussaint Louverture, you have perhaps heard my name. You are aware, brothers, that I have undertaken vengeance, and that I want freedom and equality to reign in Saint-Domingue.’ Few historical figures can have made their introduction to the public sphere in quite s...continued
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C0c3cfe5664cc7e6deb04e9e150ccd98 Devin @Devin - 13 days ago
How To Get Away with Murder
In 176 BC a strange but revealing murder case came before the Roman praetor, M. Popillius Laenas. A woman, unnamed in the sources, was brought before the court on the charge of murdering her mother by bludgeoning her with a club. The woman happily confessed to the monstro...continued
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Eb0f1753654cff1630386503eeba7c5d Bobby @Bobby - 14 days ago
The Case of the Cursed Charter
In a report for the Archaeological Survey of Ceylon from 1949,  the epigraphist Senarath Paranavitana announced the discovery of the ‘most valuable historical document that Ceylon possesses – the oldest known Sinhalese copper-plate charter’. With this announcement, Parana...continued
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C00261b321f2a17e788496ab5cfcebed Jaydon @Jaydon - 15 days ago
City and Centre | History Today
The mosaics of the Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora in the church of San Vitale in Ravenna have featured on the covers of books and have inspired jewellery, perfume, fashion and theatre. Karl Lagerfeld based his 2011 collection for Chanel on Theodora; her very name ...continued
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37ec91099450fc2fc637c77e78953759 Anderson @Anderson - 15 days ago
Intensity of the Idler | History Today
‘I can excuse anything but boredom’, said the Hollywood actor Hedy Lamarr, whose pioneering work on the frequency-hopping technology that gave us secure wi-fi has done much to rid us of ennui. Until lockdown, that is, which has forced many to become reacquainted with bore...continued
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3917a54ef2e71f0b2d57dd0d63e0f2fb Cameron @Cameron - 18 days ago
The First Svengali | History Today
Whenever Dominic Cummings makes the headlines, commentators reach for the same word to describe his relationship with the prime minister: he is Boris Johnson’s Svengali. But who was the original Svengali? Svengali is one of those rare literary creations that becomes short...continued
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192059156a7075f96be3d979645bdbcc Zackery @Zackery - 18 days ago
On the Spot: Susan-Mary Grant
Why are you a historian of the United States?It seemed fresh and exciting when I was an undergraduate, and the lecturers at Edinburgh, especially George Shepperson, were very inspiring. What’s the most important lesson history has taught you? That there’s always someone m...continued
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0dc07c0d4e39afa6eb19dda76eb11879 Kristina @Kristina - 18 days ago
Family Chemistry | History Today
Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork (1566-1643), the ‘Great Earl’ as he was known, was not only immensely powerful in Irish politics but was constantly active in seeking advantageous marriage alliances for his numerous offspring. Profuse evidence concerning the affairs of his...continued
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041490c94bd26a3efdf85d49d9b013ba Alexie @Alexie - 20 days ago
The Lives of Others | History Today
‘One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other’, says the heroine of Jane Austen’s Emma, playfully trying to reassure her ever-anxious father that other people can enjoy amusements he would never himself like. In Austen’s novel, Emma is often wrong, b...continued
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24f317f89bef5f8cefa430eec1cd2f6d Nestor @Nestor - 21 days ago
Is the Story of ‘The Few’ More Myth Than Reality?
‘British industry outproduced German fighter output by a wide margin’ Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter Embedded in British popular memory of the Second World War is the image of ‘the Few’ of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. It i...continued
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C00261b321f2a17e788496ab5cfcebed Jaydon @Jaydon - 25 days ago
The Jellyfish Problem | History Today
After turning 30, Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) couldn’t look at a jellyfish without seeing his fiancée’s face. He had first become fascinated with medusae ten years before, while on a fishing trip in Heligoland. Hauling them into his boat, he had been captivated by their str...continued
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C0decc0c6b5bd408c22c456fa130a368 Marie @Marie - 25 days ago
Portrait of the Portrait Artist
In Augsburg’s Staatsgalerie Altdeutsche Meister there is a three-panelled painting illustrating the life of St Paul, painted by Hans Holbein the Elder in 1504. Commissioned for the city’s Dominican convent of St Katherine, it includes a self-portrait of the artist with hi...continued
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E77c53a55e474cb5ad875ffdba0be8e5 Leda @Leda - 27 days ago
End of the Edge of the World
The small archipelago of St Kilda, 50 miles west of Harris, has long attracted romantic attention for its remoteness, with the sense of strangeness and difference such isolation implies. It is the last and outmost isle, on the edge of the world: a place whose way of life,...continued
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725ac8c62bcc32f06195cf20b372a31a Muriel @Muriel - 27 days ago
Frankenstein: Between Two Worlds | History Today
Few texts are better known and more widely read than Frankenstein: I have a dozen modern editions on my shelves. But every one of their editors has failed to grasp what Mary Shelley was up to when she wrote it.  Mary Godwin, as she was, aged 18, her lover Percy Shelley an...continued
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Dd00644dc8212e2e9fd2e6ce7a756bbf Jerrold @Jerrold - 28 days ago
The Lessons of Shell Shock
Free mental health care began 100 years ago, after the First World War, when a handful of doctors and voluntary workers established clinics and hospitals that drew on the ‘talking therapies’ used to treat shell-shocked soldiers. One of the first outpatient psychotherapy u...continued
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0da67bf7aa16c0b7dda10df8b0c1a695 Alvah @Alvah - 29 days ago
Colonial Mentalities | History Today
According to the historian Hilary Beckles, British colonial state forces killed more Black people when suppressing revolts in the Caribbean in the 50 years after slave emancipation in 1838 than in the 50 years leading up to it. Emancipation brought compensation for former...continued
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A2a551348d8c100384339e6c21255e06 Abbie @Abbie - about 1 month ago
Museum or Mosque? | History Today
Mehmet the Conqueror converted the cathedral of Hagia Sophia to a mosque after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It was a symbolic move. The conversion involved minimal physical transformation and even the name remained the same: Ayasofya Camii. Since its constructi...continued
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