Topic archives: history

Yale Diaries: the role of historians in Trump’s America

January 17, 2018 1

Among the crises present the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, the question of historians' responsibility to explain -- and answer for -- the Trump presidency was a prominent one, writes Yale correspondent Emma Shortis

Trump’s ideological roots can be traced back to well before Hitler, to 18th-century France

February 24, 2017 7

Donald Trump isn't the end of the Enlightenment. But he draws his strength from some of the same turmoil that accompanied the eruption of rational, democratic thought in the 18th century.

Keane: stuck in the Eternal Return of the commentary cycle

September 9, 2016 18

RUOK Day is the latest addition to the liturgical calendar, where the same comment pieces are written (and "taken down" on social media) and nothing ever changes.

Mourn for lost Palmyra, but it is not yours

May 21, 2015

Islamic State's destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra is heartbreaking. But its history and artifacts do not belong to the world; they belong to Syria alone.

Crikey 15: media revolution — a 2001 timeline

March 2, 2015

As part of our ongoing 15th birthday celebrations, Crikey looks back at 2001, the year that was.

Mass revolution or mass con? Universities and open courses

Mass revolution or mass con? Universities and open courses

December 18, 2012 3

Free, mass online courses are sweeping the university world. Freelance journalist Erica Cervini signed up to a Princeton subject to see what the fuss was about.

Memo to Pyne: you’re reading the wrong history curriculum

January 31, 2011 104

When it comes to Christopher Pyne, lawyer, republican and politician, a couple of things. First, as a lawyer, it is always important to read documents carefully, writes Tony Taylor co-editor of the upcoming History Wars and the Classroom: Global Perspectives.

The most boring day of the 20C

December 2, 2010

A group of researchers analysed 300 million events from the last century, compared the dates of each of them and came up with the least exciting day of all in the twentieth century: Sunday, April 11, 1954.

See a Greek tragedy that’d take Freud years to untangle

June 8, 2010 5

The tale of King Agamemnon's family is so dysfunctional that it makes The Simpsons look run-of-the mill, says Lloyd Bradford Syke. Enjoy a bloody night out with STC's Residents.

Learn how to shave with a straight razor

Learn how to shave with a straight razor

June 2, 2010 11

There isn’t a much more focused, or masculine, way to start the day than shaving with a straight razor. Try it, says Mark Andrews.