The fall of the Berlin wall was supposed to usher in ‘the end of history’, an eternal age of capitalist economics and liberal-democratic politics. It hasn’t turned out that way.
Roman decadence reached its peak with the vomitorium: a room where feasting elites threw up to make room for more food. Or so the story goes ...
While hugely popular for a time, the advent of the three ring circus invited animal cruelty complaints and led to the demise of more skilled circus artistry.
Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.
In a complex media environment, it's become incredibly difficult for the neutral press to point out Donald Trump's lies without having that information discounted as partisan bias.
The new triumvirate leading the way on Syria has deep roots.
The film is a powerful reworking of the novel by Japanese novelist Endō Shūsaku.
The V&A’s current exhibition, Revolution, highlights that all is not rosy from the vantage point of 2016.
Diaries from 1938 show the depth of concern about the direction the world was taking. Are we facing similar dark prospects?
The nativity offers an enticing opportunity to discover how words and interpretations have shaped the story and our understanding of it.
Thankfully, defleshing bones has fallen out of fashion.
The scene of Chile's proudest football triumphs is also a monument to some of its darkest days.
A historian of science and technology says Trump team's request for names of Department of Energy employees working on climate change recalls worst excesses of ideology-driven science in government.
Before Christmas became child-centred, Father Christmas was the personification of a mid-winter feast of merrymaking for adults – and he brought no presents.
Back in 1663, it was all about staff getting the day off, now it's all about boosting the coffers of the major stores.
Scorn has a long and humorous history. But a new book on the subject, featuring quotes from Kanye West, Christopher Hitchens and of course, Donald Trump, rather lacks contemporary wit.
Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.
In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
The English navigator had a habit of fair-mindedness. But did it affect the way he related to local Aboriginal people as he circumnavigated Australia?