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.

How Jane Austen became a global brand

May 25, 2010

Jane Austen was hardly a household name when she died in 1817, but in the 1870s, "Austenmania" started spreading around the globe -- and it isn't dying out any time soon.

30 years of Pac-Man

May 24, 2010

Classic video game Pac-Man is celebrating 30 years of being chased by ghosts, eating dots and finding Ms Pac-Man inappropriately hot. Wired has a great interview with its creator Toru Iwatani about how the game came to life.

What did Jesus do?

May 21, 2010

The more you read the Gospels, the less you seem to know about who Jesus really was. Adam Gopnik goes searching through the texts to find some truth.

Electric cars: 100 years of going nowhere

Electric cars: 100 years of going nowhere

May 20, 2010

Electric cars may be all the hype now, but they've actually been around since the 1890s. And although today's models look a bit schmicker, they'll still only drive you about as far as they did over a century ago.

200 moments that have transformed journalism since 2000

May 18, 2010

The Poynter Institute's interactive timeline identifying the 200 key moments in journalism from 2000-2009 that have shaped the current media landscape.

Read the dark, fascinating history of Manning Clark

May 18, 2010 1

Historian Manning Clark left an indelible mark on this country and our thinking. But he was a man wracked with demons, as Brian Matthews' brilliant biography shows, writes Brendan Gullifer.

Cricket’s biggest controversies

May 17, 2010

The game itself may be often long, tedious and uneventful, but the sport of cricket has a colourful and controversial history. From the multi-million dollar fraud that was the Caribbean league to last year's Pakistani shootings, a look at the game's dark side.

Richardson: The unhappy history of British coalitions

May 12, 2010 13

Disraeli's famous line that "England does not love coalitions" will once again be put to the test, and for the Liberal Democrats, a coalition comes with particularly bad precedents.

Former Newsweek journo: we lied, plagarised, and drank vodka

May 12, 2010

Veteran journo Alex Beam reminisces on cutting his news industry chops at Newsweek in the 1970s: it was "like an upside-down journalism school" where he learned lots of bad habits -- like poaching content from TIME.

Hitchens: Dickens was a bit of a dickhead

April 29, 2010

Charles Dickens was a great writer, but a fairly awful human being, says Christopher Hitchens. Still: who better to write about lives of misery and misfortune than someone who knew it so well?