History

History

Discovering feminism’s roots

(9 minute read)
Jennifer E. Morel follows the trail of the feminist movement and is surprised to find herself journeying back to the ancient Greeks, the beginnings of Christianity and the Middle Ages.

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HistorySocial IssuesThought-provoking

Feminism revisited

(5 minute read)
In the week we celebrate International Women’s Day, Eleanor Launchbury makes the case for a new understanding of feminism.

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Women who made a difference: the original Sisterhood

(6 minute read)
Maria Patricia Williams hails an Italian go-getter whose passion for the poor of New York City is still making an impact today.

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History

Paradise Lost: The world’s debt to Iraq

(10 minute read)
Iraq is central to world civilisation and to the Bible and speaks to us of great journeys, exile, suffering and salvation. As he looks forward to Pope Francis’ visit to this country in March, Dr Emil Anton spares a thought for the many who have had to flee from it in modern times.

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Life lessons from Roman splendour

(6 minute read)
The fading glory of an Italian church teaches Adam Brocklehurst about suffering and compassion.

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Lessons for lockdown from a Holocaust survivor

(7 minute read)
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl developed a unique approach to life which enabled him to survive various Nazi concentration camps. Clare Cooper explains how his approach could be adapted to lockdown.

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COVID-19History

The cross and the syringe

(9 minute read)
Maddy Fry chronicles the often suspicion-charged relationship between believers and the practice of inoculation.

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Art & CultureHistory

Edinburgh’s healing beauty

(8 minute read)
Adam Brocklehurst recalls a moment of consolation in the galleries of Scotland’s capital.

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HistoryThought-provoking

The Epiphany star: still shining after all these years

(10 minute read)
Joseph Evans sees the star which, tradition has it, guided the Wise Men to Jesus as an ancient form of the internet. And he argues that, two millennia on, the tale continues to be relevant for believers and unbelievers alike.

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The making of the great British Christmas

(8 minute read)
The feast described in carols and schmaltzy TV adverts is a complicated patchwork of cultures constantly evolving, as Adam Brocklehurst reveals.

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