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.
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.
The canal was under US control for nearly a century and was only recognised as Panamanian on New Year's Eve 1999.
The concept of 'free speech' is devilishly difficult, and depends greatly on a person's political and philosophical viewpoint.
How long the Anthropocene will last, and what will be its most enduring attributes, will not be driven and decided scientifically.
The people of the Philippines and their president know all too well the hypocrisy of being lectured by the United States about violence, human rights and democracy.
A tool in place of your arm or a stereo for your leg? How our attitudes towards human enhancement have changed.
What is hybrid warfare, and why would Australia benefit from its technological developments?
Poldark's historical consultant on how she mulled over questions such as what an 18th century Cornish bank might look like and whether women would get drunk in taverns.
Objects excavated from the 'fire layer' beneath London's streets tell a story of intense heat, fear – and chaos.
Australian history is already a hotly contested discipline but is it time to broaden our definitions of the canon? Might an indigenous rock painting or a novel or a poem constitute a work of history?
Repatriation of cultural heritage is being debated at a time of mass migration – is heritage more important to countries that increasingly cannot be defined by their populations?
Germans like beer, French people wine and Italians coffee. Right?
From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. But no one seems to be laughing anymore.
Glenn Stevens' legacy shows how to maintain the independence of the Reserve Bank in crisis as well as the limits of monetary policy.
How can archivists properly preserve computer programs often written specifically to destroy data?
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
When fame and glory are at stake, human nature seems to dictate that some people will cheat.