History Tag Archive

HistoryThought-provoking

Reading a building colonially

(8 minute read)
They’re pulling down statues, but what about houses? Adam Brocklehurst looks behind the bricks and mortar to discover challenging truths about the culture that crafted some of England’s most iconic buildings.

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COVID-19History

Covid-19: a chance to build bridges between generations

(7 minute read)
Lisa Fraser explains how volunteering to buy groceries for an isolated elderly neighbour has changed the way she relates to older people.

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Art & CultureCOVID-19FamilyLifestyle

The Decameron and the power of stories

(5 minute read)
Though telling stories might seem an escape from our Covid confinement reality, Jaqueline Silverio believes that doing so will help us face up better to its challenges.

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COVID-19Mental Health

Finding meaning in COVID 19

(4 minute read)
We should not only seek the “end in time” of this epidemic but ask ourselves what is “the goal to reach”, argues Martin Duran Lopez.

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History

Illuminating the “Dark” Ages

(8 minute read)
Jasmine Jones reveals that the Middle Ages were not as dark as is often claimed and finds that women played a surprisingly powerful role in society.

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History

Triumph and tragedy at the registrar

(5 minute read)
Martin Ketterer uses lockdown time to travel back into the lives of his German and Irish forebears, and discovers a world of colourful characters, drama and heroism.

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Social Issues

Once upon a time there was an election …

(5 minute read)
Zoë Dukoff-Gordon on politics as story and why the recent UK general election felt so despairing.

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Art & CultureCOVID-19History

Lost in golden times: how a 20th century literary masterpiece could help you cope with Covid woes

(5 minute read)
Martin Ketterer suggests that Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited could be just what you need in this time of confinement.

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Art & CultureHistoryThought-provoking

The Leningrad Symphony – Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony and how the Russians survived a siege

(4 minute read)
The Russian composer Shostakovich began writing his symphony while the city was besieged by German forces. Kenson Li believes we can draw lessons for our current crisis.

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HistorySocial Issues

Promising more than achieving? The French Revolution and today

When it comes to protecting the rights of minorities and guaranteeing new freedoms, even well-intentioned efforts can have unforeseen consequences. As Bianca Costa Sales points out, history can be a great teacher in this endeavour.

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