Historically, there have been numerous cultural manifestations of austerity that shed light on its enduring appeal.
Histories of the North Atlantic have had a preponderant influence on scholarship about race. But, for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study southern Africa, this is changing.
A house and land on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 1822.
National Library of Australia
The egalitarian myth behind the great Australian dream of home ownership is at odds with the first rules of land granting in the colonies. Even then, property ownership depended on wealth and status.
Hendrick Avercamp’s ‘Ice Scene’ (c. 1610).
While today we sweat, early modern Europeans froze. Furs to the rescue.
Sport is here for the moment and gone in a few seconds, minutes, hours or days.
Australians boast of our warrior participation in every major war since 1899, and in every modern Olympiad since 1896.
The central square of Real del Monte, Mexico.
In 1825, more than 130 Cornish miners and engineers landed in Mexico to work in the silver mines. Their legacy lives on.
Harvard’s recent CRISPR experiment isn’t just a new frontier for science – it’s also a new take on how we conceive of human history.
The CRISPR gene-editing technique raises new questions about how we measure time and conceptualise history. Here, a cultural theorist takes on the philosophical side of this scientific breakthrough.
Otto John, middle, in Berlin in 1954.
German Federal archives/Wikimedia
The 1954 defection of West Germany's first domestic spy chief and ardent anti-Nazi rocked the world – and then he returned to Bonn.
The modern marathon distance comes from the 1908 London Olympics.
The story behind the marathon is more complicated than it seems.
Displaying Confederate statues in a carefully curated museum would help end a toxic debate about the difference between remembering and venerating.
A statue of a Confederate soldier nicknamed Silent Sam stands on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Should they stay or should they go?
India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi.
As India celebrates its independence, the flag is on full display, but few people know about the complex origins of this ubiquitous national symbol.
The Robert E. Lee statue for which the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was organized to protest its removal in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence sparked by the removal of Confederate statues in the US shows the ideas that collect around historical monuments. Sometimes it's better to remove them; yet they can be an important way of remembering trauma.
A 1765 painting of Helios, the personification of the sun in Greek mythology.
The sun was worshiped as a deity in many cultures – and witnessing it get extinguished could be a particularly terrifying event.
The Peutinger Table. Reproduction by Conradi Millieri - Ulrich Harsch Bibliotheca Augustana.
Today the phrase 'all roads leads to Rome' means that there's more than one way to reach the same goal. But in Ancient Rome, all roads really did lead to the eternal city, which was at the centre of a vast road network.
Customers shop during at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Out of the Closet thrift store in Columbus, Ohio.
Over the past 100 years, discarded and secondhand goods have been used by artists to reject mainstream aesthetics.
Who’s inside the hoodie?
The Russian cyberthreat goes back over three decades, extends into the country's educational systems and criminal worlds, and shows no signs of letting up.
‘The Plantation,’ oil on wood, ca. 1825.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Slaves were involved in medical experimentation in the 1700s – both as sources of knowledge and as nonconsenting participants.
A system first deployed in South Africa in the early 20th century continues to influence the way travel is monitored today.
In the seventeenth century lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris.
The history of the office illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work's physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.