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Our morbid interest in the macabre never vanished – it was just displaced.
In our era – like others – outrage and hyperbole seem to be par for the course.
In our era of 24-hour news, outrage and hyperbole seem to be par for the course. But as Sr John Madden's 1909 "gravest peril" speech illustrates, overblown moral panic, to fit an agenda, is nothing new.
Blowing up the desert – and people’s minds: the first atom bomb test in 1945.
The first atom bomb test seventy years ago today marks the start of a change in Americans' thinking about radiation. On balance, our nuclear anxieties endure today.
Children develop based on their interactions with people, books and cultural artefacts. History textbooks could have a great deal to teach them about empathy.
Are history textbooks constructing the past in a way that allows learners to develop empathy by walking in many different people's shoes?
Wolf Hall is based on historical events – but its producers don’t claim to be telling a true story.
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Historical representation is far more complex than merely providing the facts – which is why debate continues to rage about the authenticity of popular televised historical dramas such as Game of Thrones and Banished.
‘Doctor, whenever I get up I feel dizzy for half an hour.’ ‘Then wait for half an hour before getting up.’
Alexander the Great trust to physician Phillip, Henryk Siemiradzki
Medicine has changed beyond recognition in the last 2,000 years. So why should we still care what the founders of Western medicine thought?
Throughout history, most people have used marijuana to escape the toils of everyday life.
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For over 500 years, the drug has been associated with racism and poverty.
Creating a buzz.
Our expert reveals that modern coffee culture has its roots in 18th-century literature.
at a reconstruction of the Battle of Borodino.
The BBC’s chief contribution to the bicentenary has been to rename itself the Bonapartist Broadcasting Corporation.
If their deaths fighting for Islamic State in Iraq are confirmed, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar would be far from the first foreign fighters to be killed in the history of combat.
Foreign fighters have always posed a dual challenge: how to stop them going and what to do if they return. History offers lessons on managing these problems, including that it's hard to stop them leaving.
One of the stalagmites used in this study. The blue-green fluorescence is due to the light from the camera flash.
Stalagmites in Scottish preserve 3,000 years of climate history, suggesting human migration is linked to wet and dry periods.
The British have pulled out all stops to mark the anniversary of Waterloo.
Michel van Reysen
The most spectacular of the Waterloo celebrations will be a massive re-enactment on the actual battle site, involving more than 5,000 re-enactors, including 300 horses and 100 canon. What's that all about?
Abba celebrate their 1974 victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’.
The word Waterloo only entered the public consciousness 200 years ago after a battle. Now, it means many more things.
‘The sorest stroke any Cavalry Regiment has suffered at one day’s fighting since the memory of man.’
Scotland forever! – Elizabeth Thompson
From Belgium to Moscow to Helmland: how one battle helped shape how we think of war.
Is the line between truth and fiction clear when it comes to history?
Is the line between truth and fiction clear when it comes to history? And if not, is there scope for historians and novelists to re-engage, with a view to learning from – rather than bludgeoning – each other?
Remembering the past at the Magna Carta memorial at Runnymede.
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Only three of the original 63 clauses remain in force today, but the legacy of Magna Carta runs much deeper.
Sugar has always been vilified.
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Crusaders have been warning about the evil effects of sugar for hundreds of years,
with no positive effect on our health.
Napoleon’s step-daughter Hortense and his second wife Marie-Louise.
Two centuries on, the history of the battle and our understanding of it should by no means be a predominantly male affair.
EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class brought narrative methods to bear on historical scholarship.
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There's no shortage of historical texts, but only a handful are lauded as literature. We can learn valuable lessons by revisiting EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class.
Kate Grenville, with The Secret River, found herself in the middle of a debate at the heart of history.
'History and fiction journey together and separately into the past; they are a tag team, sometimes taking turns, sometimes working in tandem.' Enjoy the second part of our series, Writing History.