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.
'Table' via www.shutterstock.com
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.
Don’t write it off just yet.
Once upon a time dead coral was something to be celebrated on the Great Barrier Reef.
On watch for Mau Mau fighters.
A myth is doing serious injustice to the way historians have approached decolonisation.
British Library 74/1881.d.8(26)
Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
An adventurer who gave us the first account by an Englishman of early colonial Brazil.
An Indian coalmine worker walks along the Stilwell Road after a day’s work in Ledo town, at the Indian-Burmese border.
The Pangsau Pass between Burma and India illustrates the complex issue of borders in the region.
Thomas Cromwell, a man who definitely knew what you did last summer.
Hans Holbein the Younger/National Portrait Gallery
Look back centuries ago and you'll find the same obsessive secrecy, and the same justifications, as seen today.
Taking physick – or – the news of shooting the King of Sweden!, by James Gillray (died 1815), published 1792.
British society takes monarchy far more seriously than they did two centuries ago. Far too seriously.
The 200 men of the Jarrow crusade on their march to London in 1936.
Why the 200 men who marched from the north-east to London in October 1936 must not be forgotten.
Millions were spent supporting an extradition process to make the prosecution of Dragan Vasiljković somebody else’s problem.
Historically, Australia’s broader policy approach to war crimes and war criminals has lacked a clear and coherent foundation.
Australia needs to recapture the urgency felt in the early 20th century about achieving an honourable and just settlement with Indigenous people.
There is a deep connection between past and present in Indigenous affairs in Australia.
Commerce and Sea Power, William Lionel Wyllie, 1898.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Laying the first telegraphy cable under the Atlantic was the Victorians' version of the Apollo mission – it caught the imagination of a generation.
In the 1960s, Britain shut the door on Commonwealth migration, before turing to Europe when it needed more workers.
It’s common for presidential candidates to announce their campaigns 18 months or more in advance of election day.
Global audiences have heard of US election terms like the primaries, the conventions and the Electoral College. But the history and exact meaning of these terms remains a mystery to many.
The proliferation of mass media has helped to create a standardisation of beauty ideals, making them harder to cope with. But there are encouraging signs that things could change.
Stan Shebs//wikimedia commons
The canal was under US control for nearly a century and was only recognised as Panamanian on New Year's Eve 1999.
19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill was a leading thinker on free speech.
London Stereoscopic Company
The concept of 'free speech' is devilishly difficult, and depends greatly on a person's political and philosophical viewpoint.