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Video/History

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

7 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

It wasn’t just hate. Fascism offered robust social welfare

Sheri Berman

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Essay/Politics & Government

When nations apologise

National apologies are a big deal: they acknowledge the past to help move everyone forward. No wonder they’re so hard

Edwin Battistella

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Essay/Fairness & Equality

In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It's time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others

Essay/Political Philosophy

The last hollow laugh

Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic

Paul Sagar

Idea/Politics & Government

There’s a Green Card-holder at the heart of Greek philosophy

David V Johnson

Idea/Politics & Government

Why bureaucrats matter in the fight to preserve the rule of law

Melissa Lane

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Essay/Political Philosophy

The power thinker

Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever

Colin Koopman

Essay/Subcultures

Going underground

Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

Terence Renaud

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today

Skye C Cleary

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/Subcultures

Utopia Inc

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

Alexa Clay

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Essay/Politics & Government

Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

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Essay/Religion

Christians were strangers

How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world

Michael Kulikowski

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Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

Video/War & Conflict

How 60 ambiguous words gave the United States’ president unprecedented war power

7 minutes

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Idea/Ethics

Why rape cases should not be subject to reasonable doubt

Christopher Wareham & James Vos

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Essay/History

Revolutionary heroes

If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America

Blake Smith

Idea/Political Philosophy

What would Leibniz say about the schisms in Europe today?

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Idea/History

From the king’s touch to the princess’ hug: on magical royalty

Anna Whitelock

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Idea/Economics

Many mistrust banks, but why you mistrust banks says a lot

Erika Vause

Video/Politics & Government

What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like?

7 minutes

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Essay/History

Atlantic freedoms

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution

Laurent Dubois

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Idea/History

Why historians would make bad policy advisers

Neville Morley

Video/Music

A rare glimpse into the world of North Korea’s classical musicians

13 minutes

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Essay/Future of Technology

Crimes of the future

Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?

Sidney Perkowitz

Video/Politics & Government

What happens when a country has its first true democratic election?

12 minutes

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Idea/Economics

In a highly indebted world, austerity is a permanent state of affairs

Mark Blyth

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Essay/History of Technology

The Soviet InterNyet

Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet

Benjamin Peters