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3917a54ef2e71f0b2d57dd0d63e0f2fb Cameron @Cameron - almost 4 years ago
Classics for the Working Masses
The study of Classics has long been associated with expensive schools and elite universities. But this is not the whole picture. With Henry Stead, I am writing  a book on ways in which, from the 18th century onwards, working-class Britons embraced ancient Greece and Rome....continued
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A6c0c46e61817f7ae594dd513e06b21d Elliott @Elliott - almost 4 years ago
History Today Quiz: August
[unable to retrieve full-text content]History Today Quiz: AugustHistory Today Test your history knowledge in our monthly quiz.
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24f317f89bef5f8cefa430eec1cd2f6d Nestor @Nestor - almost 4 years ago
Orpheus and Eurydice | History Today
Orpheus and Eurydice, hand in hand, walk away from the fiery underworld and its deities, Pluto and Proserpine. Orpheus, singer, musician and poet, carrying a lyre on his shoulder, had recently married Eurydice, but on the day of their wedding, ‘in the very bloom of her li...continued
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25dc49998970e9ad413d98493dfe5d6c Teagan @Teagan - almost 4 years ago
Regulation and Reputation | History Today
Booms, with hindsight, may prove bubbles. So it is that Alan Greenspan, appointed Federal Reserve chairman by Ronald Reagan and hailed by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward as the ‘maestro’ of Wall Street’s extraordinary 1990s gains, has suffered a plummet in reputation s...continued
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62b830bbc5092803336a4f6bb9370281 Manley @Manley - almost 4 years ago
Which Marks? | History Today
The stunning landscape associated with the magnesium limestone rocks of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border is scattered with narrow, steep-sided gorges or ‘grips’, containing caves and rocky shelters, the most famous of which is Creswell Crags. The Crags are known ...continued
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7bcb1d07c0ef7a8d3ef21a145cb66a5c Giovanni @Giovanni - almost 4 years ago
Travels Through Time #17 – Radicalism, Madness and Laughing Gas in 1799
In 1799, Britain was at war. There was instability at home and widespread hardship. The cost and economic disruption pressed hard, leading to inflation, the collapse of the gold standard in 1797, the introduction of income tax and the stagnation of average real wages. The...continued
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F83221f06565aed5272a3e729d6efe18 Alexander @Alexander - almost 4 years ago
The History of the Barbecue
Lockhart, Texas has plenty of reasons to feel proud. With its unique collection of 19th-century buildings, it is one of the prettiest towns in Caldwell County – and a favourite of Hollywood producers. More than 50 films have been made there, from Baby, the Rain Must Fall ...continued
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1a4d3a462311ba36d913731c2e16402c Pablo @Pablo - almost 4 years ago
Theft is Property | History Today
During the 16th century, the Roman market for antiquities became highly competitive. Competence and money were crucial, but so were unscrupulousness and a fighting spirit. In the words of Cardinal Giovanni Ricci, who acted as a Medici agent in Rome in the 1560s, antiquiti...continued
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6b970372434ca9c9def5abb121107916 Rex @Rex - almost 4 years ago
On The Spot: Helen Parr
Why are you a historian of contemporary Britain?Contemporary history seems more important than ever. It offers a counterweight to lazy political evocations of the past and to the instant histories enabled by the Internet.What’s the most important lesson history has taught...continued
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125f097c91a427394e6d36ae98c72376 Elaina @Elaina - almost 4 years ago
The Great Divide | History Today
‘Despotism tempered by assassination’ was Richard Burton’s definition of governance in Syria and the Levant under Ottoman rule. Burton was British consul in Aleppo from 1869 to 1871 and saw communal tensions at first hand. A noted Arabic scholar, he travelled to Mecca and...continued
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56a34dc91390858efd1999c86a89c348 George @George - almost 4 years ago
In Her Time | History Today
The new interest in women’s contribution to culture in the past has been unevenly conferred. This is by no means the first biography of Alma Mahler-Werfel and is unlikely to be the last. There are plenty of first-rank women artists and creative figures of her time who go ...continued
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A83b4d2292ad0135445fc0a7644d14c3 Joe @Joe - almost 4 years ago
Seeds of Conflict | History Today
John Lambert is one of the most remarkable yet neglected figures in British history. The author of the country’s only written constitution, the Instrument of Government of 1653, he had proved himself a brilliant commander at the Battles of Dunbar in 1650 and Inverkeithing...continued
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Bbe6309a1d067c75a83f525952377ae7 Rahsaan @Rahsaan - almost 4 years ago
A Liberal History | History Today
Long considered the dominant ideology of the West, liberalism is in crisis. Its principles are in retreat around the world. Populism, authoritarianism and nationalism are on the rise. The Economist recently sounded the alarm: ‘Liberalism made the modern world, but the mod...continued
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7caeec7c88c24f5d4f9a4c169eb9f70c Maureen @Maureen - almost 4 years ago
The Free Frenchman | History Today
The 40th anniversary of Admiral Lord Mountbatten’s assassination by the Provisional IRA in County Sligo, Ireland falls on 7 August 2019. There was a cruel irony in militant Irish republicans labelling Mountbatten a ‘legitimate target’. As the Allies’ supreme commander in ...continued
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3c59b35923f7f5e6a11c533088a15138 Jessika @Jessika - almost 4 years ago
What are the Enduring Legacies of the American Civil War?
The Civil War left far too much the same Susan-Mary Grant, Professor of American History at Newcastle University In The Gilded Age, the novel that named the postwar era, Mark Twain observed that the Civil War had ‘uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the...continued
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0da67bf7aa16c0b7dda10df8b0c1a695 Alvah @Alvah - almost 4 years ago
Poisonous Ideas on Repeat | History Today
In August 2017, white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting ‘Jews will not replace us!’ They espoused a depressing, if familiar world view: that it is Jews who control the banks and the media, imposing their morality on ‘real’ Americans. In a new boo...continued
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29d678841773a96cd144675798d50e70 Maida @Maida - almost 4 years ago
Memories of a Massacre | History Today
On Monday 16 August 1819, 60,000 men, women and children gathered for a mass rally in Manchester. They had progressed to St Peter’s Field on the southern edge of the town from the city’s working-class districts and the surrounding textile weaving regions, including Rochda...continued
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24f317f89bef5f8cefa430eec1cd2f6d Nestor @Nestor - almost 4 years ago
The Temple of Artemis burns
Following the destruction of the original temple at Ephesus by flooding in the seventh century BC, a new temple to Artemis was commissioned, c.560 BC, by the fabulously wealthy King Croesus of Lydia – the man credited with issuing the first proper gold coins of a set weig...continued
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C32976707dcb28036c1f4ea777f1875b Kraig @Kraig - almost 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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1bd665cfdc2ebddfa4e39c96971aafdf Elian @Elian - almost 4 years ago
Travels Through Time #16 – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn
Thomas Cromwell was born c.1485 and died on the scaffold in July 1540. From humble beginnings, he entered Parliament on the strength of his service to Cardinal Wolsey, working his way up in the king’s council and service. By late 1532, he had taken Wolsey’s place as the k...continued
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3c59b35923f7f5e6a11c533088a15138 Jessika @Jessika - almost 4 years ago
Slaves to War | History Today
‘I see that those on my side have been routed. I fear they will abandon me. I do not expect them to return. I have decided to dismount and fight by myself, until God decrees what He wants. Whoever of you wishes to depart, let him depart. By God, I would rather that you su...continued
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54935a891902e2aabfc16d0ef9ab31da Americo @Americo - almost 4 years ago
Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Nightmare | History Today
Seventy years ago, an explosion in a far-flung corner of Soviet-ruled Kazakhstan set off an arms race that took the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. Four years earlier, the US had ended the Second World War by dropping atomic bombs on Japan. Joseph Stalin’s USSR ...continued
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0dc07c0d4e39afa6eb19dda76eb11879 Kristina @Kristina - almost 4 years ago
Oil and Water: The Tanker Wars
The war between Iran and Iraq, which lasted for most of the 1980s, was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the late 20th century. Casualties on both sides numbered in the hundreds of thousands. At times the combat zones bore more than a passing resemblance to First World Wa...continued
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9c02f74a2060b9a7d8d9cd41fd6c26ed Clarissa @Clarissa - almost 4 years ago
A Well-Trodden Road | History Today
British politics on the eve of the Second World War remains a subject of enduring fascination. Recent years have witnessed the publication of a plethora of new books on the subject, from Daniel Todman’s Britain’s War to Nicholas Shakespeare’s Six Minutes in May as well as...continued
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4a267f11de75663a48a0fdf6365ffa8c Elvie @Elvie - almost 4 years ago
Chaucer: The Poet in His World
It isn’t really possible to write a biography of Chaucer. Painstaking research over many decades has turned up a small number of documents related to his life, which between them give a patchy, at times perplexing, picture. This foremost medieval English poet – always the...continued
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