In the West, the public perception of Stalin and the Terror lingers from the period immediately after his death in 1953. It shouldn't.
FDR Presidential Library
Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and FDR walk into a Democratic convention...
Personal ‘hygiene sticks’ used in toilets on the Silk Road.
Hui-Yuan Yeh. Reproduced from the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
How a research team identified parasites in 'hygiene sticks' that travellers on the Silk Road effectively used as their toilet paper.
All accounted for in Babylon. Belshazzar’s Feast by Rembrandt.
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The number crunchers who helped create our capitalist world have been measuring the world since ancient times.
Graham McNamee called the 1928 World Series between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
Radio legend Graham McNamee was baseball's first broadcast star. So why did it take 74 years for the National Baseball Hall of Fame to honor him?
Lithograph, ‘Burning of the Garden Palace, Sydney’, Gibbs Shallard and Company, Sydney, 1882.
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.
Sydney's Garden Palace, which burned to the ground in 1882, was a monument to empire's glory. Indigenous artist Jonathan Jones is now working on an epic exhibition that will explore this historical epoch from an Aboriginal perspective.
The drop in sterling following Brexit has been as strong as when Germany invaded France in 1940.
Suez Crisis: breaking point for Anthony Eden’s premiership.
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Cameron has followed in Eden's footsteps, but in the 1950s the leadership race was a different ballgame.
The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany.
History shows how the act of remembrance has changed over time.
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This week’s episode of Game of Thrones saw a battle scene that some have claimed to be the greatest TV has ever seen.
Many of us feel that technology threatens our relationships and 'usual' modes of human interaction. But so did the Victorians.
Should the British decide to leave the EU, it is unlikely that David Cameron could, or would want to, remain prime minister.
Behind the parochial media focus on the political manoeuvring within a divided Conservative Party, national decisions don’t get much more important than the UK's referendum on its EU membership.
How many of these do you find in history books?
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The medieval period wasn't always dark and full of terrors
Writer Thomas Wolfe is played by Jude Law in ‘Genius.’
The president of the Thomas Wolfe Society explains why Law had his work cut out for him when he agreed to portray a man who was "a hydroelectric plant of emotion."
A seemingly purified city is not necessarily a healthy or diverse one.
Heightening liquor regulation has for centuries been the immediate response of urban policymakers when confronted with people and behaviours deemed socially undesirable.
Muhammad Ali is still front of mind in any discussion of the most important sportsman ever.
Muhammad Ali was much bigger than boxing. He came, from the late 1960s onwards, to symbolise resistance to racism, militarism and inequality.
The regulation of drinking has helped create precisely the violent, misogynistic and law-breaking culture that it was intended to control.
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Since the earliest days of British colonisation, authorities have sought to limit the problems associated with alcohol by licensing its sale and limiting the times and places where it is drunk.
Scott Morrison said the government’s changes to superannuation were done in the name of fairness.
The only problem with an appeal to fairness is there is no single understanding of what the word means.
Residents are concerned that a redevelopment of the historic Bondi Pavilion is designed to privatise public space.
The story of the Builders Labourers Federation campaigns that saved historic locations and green spaces in the 1970s still speaks to contemporary Australians' concerns about urban development.
Donald Trump and Adam Smith.
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American democracy is in thrall to an aggressive demagogue – and Adam Smith and friends saw it coming more than 200 years ago.