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Handwritten diaries and digital diaries both help preserve experiences and memories, but in different ways. luza studios/E+ via Getty Images

Handwritten diaries may feel old fashioned, but they offer insights that digital diaries just can’t match

As material objects, diaries give scholars an intimate look into their subjects’ lives, including handwriting and mementos. What if diaries in the future are nothing but insubstantial digital ghosts?
Does a painting from 1400 depict one of Jesus’ torturers as suffering from ‘saddle nose,’ a common effect of syphilis? Detail of an Austrian painting c. 1400 of the Passion of Christ, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Manuscripts and art support archaeological evidence that syphilis was in Europe long before explorers could have brought it home from the Americas

The idea that Europeans brought new diseases to the Americas and returned home with others has been widely accepted. But evidence is mounting that for syphilis this scenario is wrong.
Sinister terminology: Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin last month.AP Photo/, Pool) READ LESS. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AP

Is Vladimir Putin the greatest Russophobe of all?

The Russian president might claim to be confronting hate speech, but he is drawing on the ideas of anti-Semitic extremists
‘Peace for our time’: British prime minister Neville Chamberlain displaying the Anglo-German declaration, known as the Munich Agreement, in September 1938. Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Are we learning the wrong lessons from history?

Oversimplified versions of the past lead to bad political decisions.
French Education and Youth Minister Pap Ndiaye speaks during a press conference following a weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on June 14, 2022. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Appointment of Pap Ndiaye as education minister highlights ‘woke’ debate in France

Considered a pioneer of “Black Studies à la française”, Ndiaye’s appointment comes at a time when issues in race and gender have divided the French political class and public opinion.
The university, and its pursuit of knowledge, was part of the colonial project. And historians, writes Satia, were key architects of empire. Dave Hunt/AAP

The book that changed me: how Priya Satia’s Time’s Monster landed like a bomb in my historian’s brain

From the 18th century, historians taught us to understand the world as a story of linear progress. But this viewpoint made them architects of empire. History, writes Yves Rees, has blood on its hands.

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