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24f317f89bef5f8cefa430eec1cd2f6d Nestor @Nestor - 6 days ago
Was the 1926 Floating University a Failure?
On the morning of 6 November 1926, readers of the Detroit Free Press woke to sensational front-page headlines: ‘Sea Collegians Startle Japan with Rum Orgy.’ ‘More than a hundred students, among whom six girls were to be noticed, were doing intensive laboratory work this e...continued
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C1e15b7459468dc79542fc656b7a9fa2 Madalyn @Madalyn - almost 2 years ago
The Roma Holocaust | History Today
Robert Ritter, head of the Racial Hygiene and Demographic Biology Research Unit of Nazi Germany’s Criminal Police, conducting an interview with a Romani woman, 1936 © Galerie Bilderwelt/Hulton Getty Images. In 1944, I was deported to the concentration camp in Terezín, whe...continued
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61d3ff630fa6a556085f59f9ba20938e Assunta @Assunta - 2 months ago
Why Egypt Went to War in 1973
Anwar Sadat raises the Egyptian flag over Sinai, 26 May 1979. William Karel/Getty Images.Fifty years ago, on 6 October 1973, 32,000 Egyptian soldiers crossed the Suez Canal to hoist Egypt’s flag over the Sinai Peninsula, following six years of Israeli occupation. The surp...continued
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C32976707dcb28036c1f4ea777f1875b Kraig @Kraig - over 4 years ago
Doctoring the Ladies | History Today
One might assume that an account of how 18th-century women participated in the life of the English universities (at that point restricted to Oxford and Cambridge) would be a very short one. After all, women’s colleges only began to open their doors at end of the Victorian...continued
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C83c832ac4865208bba7331dd2976162 Izaiah @Izaiah - 11 months ago
Heirs and Spares | History Today
Louis XIV and his brother Philippe d’Orléans with their governess, the marquise de Lansac, French, 1643 © Akg-images.Rumours flew across Paris in the summer of 1658 that the 19-year-old Louis XIV was seriously ill, perhaps near death. Senior courtiers rushed to form a new...continued
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769b45cbbba62f6d3aa67bb11e7a293f Raoul @Raoul - almost 4 years ago
Removing That Little Knot | History Today
Using chloroform, scissors and a hot iron, the surgeon Isaac Baker Brown sought to cure the nervous conditions and emotional disorders of middle- and upper-class Victorian women. At his clinic in Notting Hill, west London, he excised the clitoris, an operation in which he...continued
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036a71cbab8d3106d8fc0389f9b4ef6f Eleanora @Eleanora - about 4 years ago
Empire and Celebrity | History Today
On 7 November 1777, a letter in the London Morning Post described a ‘strange monster’ being driven in a phaeton along Fleet Street. Notwithstanding the creature cannot be old; its eyes looked something like those of a dead cod, – its mouth rather large, and it grinned not...continued
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F4e69330da03b74c81cc5fa3f895fb24 Nelson @Nelson - about 4 years ago
Beyond Bletchley: GCHQ and British Intelligence
This year, the UK’s signals intelligence, cyber and security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), marks its centenary. Formed in 1919, GCHQ – the largest, yet least understood, of Britain’s intelligence agencies – has been at the forefront of securit...continued
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56a34dc91390858efd1999c86a89c348 George @George - almost 4 years ago
Misery in the Head | History Today
Migraine affects one in seven of the world’s population – approximately a billion people. The World Health Organisation calculates it to be the seventh most disabling among all global diseases, more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. Virtually everyone...continued
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Aafc872a384e36f0c748991d0e7580c6 Minnie @Minnie - 8 months ago
The King Who Wasn't There
Prester John on his throne in Ethiopia, from a map of East Africa in the Queen Mary Atlas, by Diogo Homem, Portuguese, 1558. © British Library Board. All Rights Reserved/Bridgeman Images.Early in 1145, worried about the growing threat of Muslim forces intent on reconqueri...continued
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0da67bf7aa16c0b7dda10df8b0c1a695 Alvah @Alvah - about 4 years ago
Beyond Good and Evil | History Today
It was not the front, but the journey to the front that was the worst: ‘There was some shit in people’s pants, I tell you.’ Two years into the war, Otto Dix had seen it all. In 1914 he had signed up enthusiastically to the field artillery. Back then, people had assumed th...continued
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39b1531710d6d8cc8cd7a9a0bb2d9867 Ryleigh @Ryleigh - 17 days ago
Best New History Books of 2023
‘This is how economic history should be done’Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus at Princeton University and author of Journeys of the Mind: A Life in History (Princeton, 2023)Meticulously researched and written with flair, Ekaterina Pr...continued
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367ec04c80b95de4cfdf036599b35350 Garnet @Garnet - about 1 year ago
‘The Vote is of the People’
The MCP’s Livro de Leitura para Adultos, 1960s. Courtesy of Courtney J. Campbell.In 1960 Norma Porto Carreiro and Germano Coelho – a couple from the northeastern state of Pernambuco – created a social movement designed to teach Brazil’s poorest people to read. The Popular...continued
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1a914154cd263fa68f1b8d6529ef63dd Sandrine @Sandrine - over 4 years ago
Life on the Mississippi | History Today
For over 2,000 miles, the Mississippi River snakes through the heart of America along the course it has followed more or less since the last Ice Age, drawing in most of the water between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. It is a contrary river, too, shifting its delta ...continued
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A59a299a48e660a4cad891f05afdefa8 Geovany @Geovany - almost 4 years ago
The Great Rabbit Hoax | History Today
On a Friday two weeks before Christmas 1726 news reached Exeter of a curious theatrical performance which had taken place in London the previous Saturday night, on 10 December. An Exeter newspaper reported that, at the end of the main play at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields thea...continued
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2cb2f1cf49e001b23749fba977acd24a Casper @Casper - 7 months ago
Friends to Friends, Enemies to Enemies
The Battle of Nájera, fought by King Peter against Henry Trastámara, 3 April 1367, from a 15th-century manuscript of Jean Froissart’s Chronicles. Bridgeman Images.The allure of the alliance shows no sign of abating. In recent years we have NATO’s collective support for Uk...continued
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422f200971248def7ffc1673a54fa3cb Grayce @Grayce - about 4 years ago
Books of the Year 2019
Toby Green As questions of colonial history and identity become central to framing debate, Jonny Pitts’ Afropean: Notes from Black Europe (Allen Lane) is a must read. A personal, humane and searingly insightful journey through African communities in Europe, this book is t...continued
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Bbe6309a1d067c75a83f525952377ae7 Rahsaan @Rahsaan - about 1 year ago
Books of the Year 2022
This article contains affiliate links to bookshop.org: we may earn a commission on these, or you can choose to support your local bookshop.‘Tracing colonial officials who left utterly dislocated societies in their wake’R.J.B. Bosworth, Author of Politics, Murder and Love ...continued
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54935a891902e2aabfc16d0ef9ab31da Americo @Americo - about 4 years ago
In Praise of Older Women
Sex is not just the preserve of the young. Large-scale studies of 18th-century sexuality have not, however, been attuned to this fact and have positioned young people at the centre of historical narratives which claim to speak for ‘society’ at large. This lack of historio...continued
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A6c0c46e61817f7ae594dd513e06b21d Elliott @Elliott - over 1 year ago
Knobs or Points? | History Today
Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, by Benjamin West, c.1816. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.Like all long-awaited events, Benjamin Wilson’s big day arrived at last. After years of bitter in-fighting, in 1777 the fashionable artist staged a spe...continued
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E5a600388a4be6ed5b515081737d8445 Angus @Angus - about 2 years ago
Books of the Year 2021
This article contains affiliate links to bookshop.org: we may earn a commission on these, or you can choose to support your local bookshop.‘Previously invisible threads of causality and consequence’Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor ...continued
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C1e15b7459468dc79542fc656b7a9fa2 Madalyn @Madalyn - 4 months ago
Old English Names: Cæd, Bæd and Dangerous to Know
Saint Guthlac being tormented by demons, the Life of Saint Guthlac, Crowland, Lincolnshire, 1175-1215. Guthlac’s name represented a shift away from older naming conventions towards a recognisably English one. © British Library Board. All Rights Reserved/Bridgeman Images.I...continued
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9b25e3cdd7708c288912746ec95d7c9b Liliane @Liliane - 10 months ago
Glory or Gravity? | History Today
‘Newton after William Blake’, statue by Eduardo Paolozzi, London, 1995. Photo: Wikimedia/Creative Commons/British Library.Thanks to funding from the football pools, Eduardo Paolozzi’s massive bronze statue of Isaac Newton looms over the courtyard of the British Library. S...continued
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0e8bbdb1e225a468900a861824b0da05 Hannah @Hannah - almost 2 years ago
The Rise of the Newts
Cover for War with the Newts, c.1940. Alamy.When Mr Povondra’s son spots a newt in the River Vlatava, he knows that the end is nigh. Soon, what remains of Europe will sink beneath the waves and his beloved Czechoslovakia will be no more. Povondra’s only hope is that his c...continued
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3fb9059c39d0a39c0a9f0cf17b7858fc Priscilla @Priscilla - over 1 year ago
A Worthy Cause? | History Today
At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 Mr Frederick Gonner Worth was a junior business partner in the wine merchants Messrs. Delattre and Worth. Based in Canon Street, he was responsible for the London side of the business, while his associate, Monsieur Delatt...continued
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