01 Aug 2019

Protest Is Not Enough To Topple A Dictator: The Army Must Also Turn

What does it take to overthrow a dictator? Reflecting on this question in exile, Leon

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31 Jul 2019

The Ups And Downs And Clashes Of Western Civilization

Ethnocentric, sexist and racist ideologies demonstrate why it is important to de-colonise the study and

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10 Jun 2019

Why The Nazis Studied American Race Laws For Inspiration

On 5 June 1934, about a year and half after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of

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06 Jun 2019

The Military Power, Economics And Strategy That Led To D-Day

On June 6 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy. Their number rose

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04 Jun 2019

From China To Poland, Lessons From June 4, 1989

On the same day Poles celebrated the freedom to choose their own representatives, China’s political

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22 May 2019

Civilisational Collapse Has A Bright Past – But A Dark Future

Is the collapse of a civilisation necessarily calamitous? The failure of the Egyptian Old Kingdom

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07 May 2019

Colonialism As Mitosis – The Rise And Fall Of Empires, Rendered As Cell Division

During the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Great Britain, France, Portugal and Spain controlled vast

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01 May 2019

Reiwa: The New Japanese Imperial Era

On April 30, 2019 Japanese Emperor Akihito officially abdicated the throne. Now, we are witnessing

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15 Apr 2019

The Wars That Inspired Game Of Thrones

Beginning around 1377, medieval England was shaken by a power struggle between two noble families,

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12 Apr 2019

Did European Colonisation Precipitate The Little Ice Age?

Many of us think that rapid environmental change is a quintessentially modern crisis. Today, temperatures

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11 Mar 2019

What Poop Can Teach Us About An Ancient City’s Downfall

Never underestimate the power of poop. After more than 1,000 years, it can still have

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22 Nov 2018

A Few Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

What does the Thanksgiving holiday celebrate? Learn about the first encounter between the Pilgrims and

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12 Nov 2018

How Did The First World War Start?

The causes of the Great War are still being debated a century on, but time

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09 Nov 2018

World Politics Explainer: The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

This article is part of our series of explainers on key moments in the past

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23 Oct 2018

Cultural Heritage Has A Lot To Teach Us About Climate Change

Museums, archaeological sites and historical buildings are rarely included in conversations about climate change, which

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04 Jul 2018

The Story Behind The Star Spangled Banner

How the flag that flew proudly over Fort McHenry inspired an anthem and made its

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30 Apr 2018

How Climate Change And Disease Helped The Fall Of Rome

At some time or another, every historian of Rome has been asked to say where we are,

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25 Apr 2018

The Rise And Fall Of The Assyrian Empire

Before the sun never set on the British Empire; before Genghis Khan swept the steppe;

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05 Apr 2018

How The New Science Of Computational History Is Changing The Study Of The Past

Applying network theory to medieval records suggests that historical events are governed by “laws of

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04 Apr 2018

Migrants : When Europeans Once Flocked To North African Shores

“Praise be to God. To my master, may god preserve you. After our master scolded

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14 Mar 2018

How Underground Radar Uncovered a Lost WWII Cemetery

Cutting-edge archaeological tools are helping nations find the remains of missing service members and return

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13 Mar 2018

San Francisco’s Ships Sailing Underneath The Sea

Beneath the streets of San Francisco’s financial district lie the remains of dozens of sailing

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27 Feb 2018

The 14 Epic Must-See Libraries Of The World

A cab driver once told me that, at the age of eight, he walked 10

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20 Feb 2018

Eurasia, The supercontinent That Will Define Our Century

The end of the Cold War was supposed to inaugurate Europe’s age of reconciliations, when

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12 Feb 2018

Paying The Price For Unrequited Love In London’s Past

For centuries, suitors would carve names on coins before tossing them into the river. Mudlark

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25 Jan 2018

The Top 10 Kingmakers Who Shaped The Course Of History

The term “kingmaker” is used to describe a person of power and influence who plays

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29 Dec 2017

A Bizarre & Hilarious History Of The Whole World

You have been in development for literally billions of years. Thankfully, you don’t have to

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18 Sep 2017

Why Did Korea Split In Two?

After being part of the same nation for more than a millennium, and having shared

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25 Aug 2017

How Maps Became Deadly Innovations in WWI

Advances in weaponry and cartography had deadly repercussions in World War I, which the United

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13 Jul 2017

Why Cities Are Where They Are

Politics and history aside, the single best place on Earth to build a city may

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12 Jul 2017

An Ancient Hydraulic System, Envy Of Modern Ones?

The Shushtar Hydraulic System in the island city of Shushtar is a complex irrigation system

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01 Jul 2017

Is Hong Kong A Part Of China?

Is Hong Kong a part of China? With the Hong Kong elections coming up, and

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12 Jun 2017

Britain, A Biking Highway Pioneer, In The 1930, Needs Revival

In the 1930s, the U.K. built a massive network of state-of-the-art bike trails. Now the

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11 May 2017

Singapore Island’s Smallness Drives The Bigness Of Its Ambitions

Jurong Island, a man-made smear of sand, lies just off the southern coast of Singapore.

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09 May 2017

Where Your Product Failures Become Art For The Ages

Every successful product launch is usually preceded by a string of failures, but we only

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04 May 2017

The Flowering Of Macau City

An hour West of Hong Kong across the Zhu jang (Pearl River) Estuary lies a

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28 Apr 2017

The Coolest Way To Get Your Mail In A Digital World

Remember the last time you were diving underwater and you suddenly remembered an important letter

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06 Apr 2017

How The World’s First Cities Got Started

A 12,000-year-old “Stonehenge on steroids” transformed nomadic humans into members of complex societies. When the

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28 Mar 2017

The 10 Maps Of Exquisite Beauty And Elegance

During much of history, maps were designed as much for beauty and display as for

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01 Feb 2017

Playing The Odds: The Evolution Of The World’s Oldest Game

Gambling is as old as human history itself, embedded in societal culture and is responsible

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24 Nov 2016

Will Nostradamus Keep Being Right For 2017?

We’re already looking into our crystal balls and checking Nostradamus’ books to see what he

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09 Nov 2016

Once Upon A Time, Information Was Literally Chained In Libraries

Before the printing press made books cheap and easily available, books in the Middle Ages

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31 Oct 2016

Kayakoy: A Greek Ghost Town in Turkey

Eight kilometers to the south of Fethiye city in southwestern Turkey lies the ruins of

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26 Oct 2016

Top 10 Things To Know About The Day Of The Dead

We’ve all heard about the Day of the Dead or seen the classic sugar skull

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26 Oct 2016

A View Of The Globe That Transcends From The Inside-Out

The Mapparium at Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, is a huge, 30 foot

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25 Oct 2016

Who Do We Have To Thank For Inventing The Internet?

The Internet — arguably one of the greatest breakthrough of the last century not just

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21 Oct 2016

Shelters That Saved Londoners In War, Still Serves Peacetime

When the Second World broke out in Europe, and London became the prime bombing target,

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17 Oct 2016

The New Temple Of Art That You Maybe Stepping Underneath

“There were very few people outside the water system who knew this massive space was

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19 Sep 2016

‘Do’ Paper-Making: Rebirth Of A Lost Art Form

In a small rural village 45 kilometers southwest of Hanoi, lies Suoi Co where the

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09 Aug 2016

Oil Rocks : The Land Of Fire In The Middle Of The Sea

Far out into the Caspian Sea, a hundred kilometers away from the Azerbaijani capital Baku,

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