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Essay/History

‘Here we are all the same’

The US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, but the fight for religious equality was only just beginning

Richard D Brown

Video/Travel

Castles, croquet and kilts: on the tour bus from China through the photo ops of Britain

10 minutes

Idea/History

The strange story of inventing the ‘bastard’ in medieval Europe

Sara McDougall

Idea/History

The Nazis as occult masters? It’s a good story but not history

Peter Staudenmaier

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Idea/History

For centuries European aristocrats proudly claimed foreign ancestry

Blake Smith

Video/Gender & Sexuality

How a once overlooked civil-rights leader became an icon of gay marriage equality

16 minutes

Essay/Political Philosophy

Theory from the ruins

The Frankfurt school argued that reason is dangerous, mass culture deadening, and the Enlightenment a disaster. Were they right?

Stuart Walton

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Essay/History

Why the Tudors still rule

The Tudors are always good box office, but their melodramatic lives distract from a much deeper legacy of civic nationhood

Anna Whitelock

Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

Essay/Politics & Government

American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Idea/History

The Malmedy trial: how the truth trumped fake torture stories

Steven P Remy

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Essay/History

Resist or collaborate?

The Nazis have occupied France. It’s easy to condemn the collaborators. But be honest: what would you really do?

Robert Gildea

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics

Steven Bullock

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

20 minutes

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Idea/War & Conflict

Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles

Cathal J Nolan

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Essay/History

The taboo of menstruation

All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly

Janie Hampton

Idea/Ethics

It is sometimes right to fight in an unjust war

Victor Tadros

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Essay/War & Conflict

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?

Robert Twigger

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Essay/History

A much-maligned Mughal

The great king Aurangzeb is among the most hated men in Indian history. A historian claims he’s been unjustly demonised

Audrey Truschke

Video/War & Conflict

‘Semper paratus’ – how the organisation of the Roman army made it always ready for war

3 minutes

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Idea/History

A nation apologises for wrongdoing: is that a category mistake?

Danielle Celermajer

Video/History

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

7 minutes

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Essay/Stories & Literature

The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

Laurence Bergreen

Idea/History

Palmyra’s ruins can rebuild our relationship with history

Erich Hatala Matthes

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Essay/History

The new authoritarians

Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?

Holly Case

Essay/History

What is global history now?

Historians cheered globalism with work about cosmopolitans and border-crossing, but the power of place never went away

Jeremy Adelman

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Essay/Art

Show me the Monet

How wealthy Americans grew to appreciate the French Impressionist painter – as an artist but also as a financial asset

Ross King

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Essay/Economics

End of a golden age

Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?

Marc Levinson

Essay/History

The Masada mystery

Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?

Eric H Cline

Essay/Stories & Literature

Sex and death in Homer

Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey

C D C Reeve