Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead of acquiescing to her judges’ directives?
Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero.
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Joan of Arc has been depicted as a national heroine, nationalist symbol, a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint. Forget Wonder Woman and Batman – Jeanne d’Arc may be our one and only true superhero.
Instability is the norm in politics.
Our current politically turbulent times in the US are difficult – but not unusual. History shows that fragility is the norm. Get used to it. What is unusual are moments of calm.
Without investment, fewer products will bear this ‘Made in the USA’ logo in the future.
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If President Trump really wants to restore America's manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
King of all he surveys?
The divine right of kings was dismantled after a bloody conflict nearly 400 years ago. The impulse which led to that change should protect us from the reign of the White House emperor.
A new megachurch movement is drawing crowds on the basis of belief in nonbelief.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Distrust of the irreligious has been commonplace in the American political discourse from the founding.
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The V&A’s current exhibition, Revolution, highlights that all is not rosy from the vantage point of 2016.
Castro realised early on in his revolution just how powerful a tool photography could be.
Populism is a hot topic around the globe right now, and much can be learned from studying its history.
Anarchists old and new are populating film and TV a lot at the moment – reflecting the profound anxiety of the times.
Johannesburg skyline: the challenge is to create a city that is liveable, safe and resource efficient.
Populations revolt when lives are improving but not fast enough to meet their rising expectations.
Bernie Sanders may have endorsed Hillary Clinton, but politics as usual has had its day. It's time for progressivism to move fast.
The UK is in for a volatile few years, with no obvious calming measures in sight. But for a true revolution to happen, a great many stars would have to align.
The extreme architectural investment in Chaco Canyon typifies periods of peak building.
Multiple times over the centuries, climate issues caused Pueblo farming to collapse, taking the establishment down with it. New research suggests there are parallels with American inequalities today.
Cairo takes to the streets, January 2011.
The demands of the Tahrir Square protests could scarcely have been clearer – and the crackdown since 2011 could hardly have been more galling.
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Some parents worry their teens' obsession with dark fiction means they'll grow up and overthrow the government -- like Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games. How real is this concern?
Most student protests in South Africa during 2015 have been peaceful and organised, but there have been moments of violent confrontation.
Two narratives have emerged from student protests in South Africa: reform on the one hand - and revolution on the other. Which narrative will triumph?
The malevolent leader.
The latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay – Part 1, is topping the international box office. Although it’s a Hollywood blockbuster aimed at young adults, it presents potentially quite subversive ideas of…
Gently overthrowing an oppressive regime in 1989.
At the top of Wencelas Square on the front of the Czech National Museum in Prague hangs a giant poster depicting the playwright dissident and former president Vaclav Havel. The poster has been hung, in…
The protests in Thailand are the latest spasm in a long struggle.
There has been much coverage of Thailand’s protests, with stories of the Yellow Shirt (PAD) and Red Shirt (UDD) saga popping up around the globe. Yet there is a conspicuous lack of discussion about what…
Taking dictation: David Cameron vists Kazakh President Nazarbayev.
Why do states and societies collapse? Efforts to explain the hugely complicated conflicts in Syria and Libya have understandably placed heavy emphasis on these nations’ ethnic or tribal diversity. Writers…