German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
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.
William Westall’s drawing of the body of an Indigenous man shot at Blue Mud Bay (1803).
National Library of Australia
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?
The Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima features a full-sized replica of the Sistine Chapel.
Increasingly sophisticated technology allows us to make close-to-perfect copies of everything from paintings to burial chambers. Can a replica bring artefacts to new audiences?
A rally in Michigan: Trump’s presidential victory was won in the Rust Belt states, which have been hit hard by globalization.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Globalization in its present form has generated economic inequalities, political uncertainties and cultural anxiety. Is there a way to move forward that benefits more people?
Ostraka from classical Athens nominating the persons of Kallias and Megakles.
Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, Greece/Wikimedia Commons
For the first time in recent memory the possibility of imprisoning political rivals has entered the political discourse of a modern western election. But ostracism is an ancient democratic tradition that offers an alternative approach.
There are more than a million Druze worldwide, with the vast majority residing in the Middle East.
Illuminating the origins of one of the oldest peoples in the Middle East.
Not all protestors were as peaceful as Gandhi.
The road to independence was not a simple tale of civil disobedience.
Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a campaign rally in Cincinnati.
A fashion historian describes the controversial history of the pantsuit – and how Clinton transformed her signature ensemble into a rallying cry for female empowerment.
Pages from the Grolier Codex, rare surviving fragments of the Maya past.
The handful of Maya books through which we know about their civilisation grows one larger as archaeologists confirm Grolier codex as genuine.
Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Melbourne, 1956.
State Library of Victoria
From the 1960s, the backlash against inner-suburban clearances was led by the 'trendies'.
New forms of entertainment and consumption abound. And yet the book endures.
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
Jockey Michelle Payne rides Prince of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
We all know about Phar Lap, but what about the remarkable story of Walter Craig on Nimblefoot, or the market gardener who always knew when Poseidon would win?
Watercolour painting of a Haida painted wooden mask.
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 2014.89.1a
With the refugee crisis, Brexit, and the rise of populist extremism, we must defend the teaching of anthropology. And in doing so, we might expand and rethink ideas of "the humanities".
Collective environmental guilt could be leading to a rise in werewolf sightings in the English countryside.
The building in Braunau Am Inn, Austria, where Hitler was born.
In the past, demolishing the dictator's residences created a void exploited by Nazi sympathizers.
A virtual reality scene – one for each eye – of a haunted ride.
The virtual reality rides of the early 20th century are now being documented in digital VR.
Artist’s rendition of a raid on a Chinese gambling house, 1872.
National Library of Australia via Trove
Chinese gamblers in Australia were once prosecuted and had to stand up for their rights, now they are sought after by Australian casino owners.
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In the story of Manhattan's Le Pavillon and its irascible manager, a food historian sees the rise and fall of French cuisine in America.
'Ouija board' via www.shutterstock.com
The Oujia board's origins were anything but evil. It emerged, in part, out of a longing to communicate with loved ones who had died during the Civil War.
Clare Wright: one of many women historians carving a role as a public intellectual.
Compared to the male-dominated STEM disciplines and social sciences like philosophy and political science, Australian history has been remarkably feminised. Indeed there may be more women historians here than in the UK or US.