History

Art & CultureHistory

Did I really see what I think I saw? Optical illusion in historical and contemporary art

(6 minute read)
Seeing is believing – if you can believe what you see. Carolyn Morrison discovers an art form which makes us “think anew about what we see and how we see it.”

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Nigeria at 60: A future yet to flower

(6 minute read)
Joshua Nwachukwu casts an eye over the light and shadows which mark Nigeria’s 60th anniversary as a modern independent nation.

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Mosque, church or secular space? Hagia Sophia and the battle for modern Turkey

(6 minute read)
When is a museum not a museum? When it was once a cathedral and then a mosque and is now a mosque again as a politician’s attempted ace card to revive his flagging fortunes. Cihan Eroglu reports.

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A traveller in the village called Rome

(4 minute read)
Leonardo Franchi contrasts the simple lanes of village life in rural Italy with the panting heart of the Eternal City, and finds they have much in common.

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Ethno-religious nationalism in an age of anxiety

(9 minute read)
The hijacking of faith by populism is a growing phenomenon around the globe. In this article Nora Fisher-Onar and Ahmet Erdi Öztürk detail the growing influence of ethno-religious nationalist sentiment as a response to the fading promises of 20th century liberalism.

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COVID-19History

It’s an ill virus that blows nobody any good

(9 minute read)
Richard Bauckham looks back to a Middle Age fair to make sense of the Covid pandemic.

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How do you solve a problem like Marie?

(4 minute read)
Joe Cook opens the curtain of history and discovers some alarming truths about the “Woman of the Millennium”.

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No going back: confronting the past in Gone with the Wind

(8 minute read)
Should Margaret Mitchell’s ‘racist’ novel be ‘toppled’ along with statues? Alex Osborn proposes a more nuanced approach and considers how slavery can end up enslaving the enslavers.

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To be or not to be: the triumph of Logos or why Hamlet was right all along

(11 minuet read)
Can anything really explain everything? Dominic Swords examines a book which thinks it has found the answer.

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Toppling the truth: a monumental matter

(7 minute read)
Donal Durrihy takes an alternative view to the prevailing mood on the removal of controversial statues.

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