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The unintended consequences of UNESCO world heritage listing
The Saturday interview: Professor Mary Beard
With her series about Romans, Professor Mary Beard wants to tackle history differently. The nation...
A history of fireworks: how about some flaming artichokes to blast in the Year of the Rooster?
With Chinese New Year around the corner, a look back on the history of fireworks
Why America Has a “President” Instead of an “Exalted Highness”
The title just used to mean someone who presided over a meeting
The Intergalactic Battle of Ancient Rome
Hundreds of years before audiences fell in love with Star Wars, one writer dreamt of battles in...
Untangling the History of Christmas Lights
This bright idea was ahead of its time ...
How the Nazis co-opted Christmas
While some Germans did resist the heavy-handed, politicized appropriation of Germany’s favorite...
Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Minds
A new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years ago
How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor
The high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years ago
The Britannic and the Titanic: A story of two ships
Sunken giant at the bottom of the Aegean: The Britannic, a diver's paradise, provides clues to...
The vandals of Isis: Nimrud warns us of a unique barbarism
Nimrud, whose ancient sculptures and temples were destroyed by Islamic State in 2015, has been...
The great flood of Florence, 50 years on
On 4 November 1966, the Arno burst its banks in Florence, devastating the city’s cultural treasures...
The Arab Revolt: A war of unintended consequences
The centenary is a good opportunity to reflect on the unintended consequences of the Arab Revolt
Soldier's letters bring first world war Christmas truce to life
Pte Frederick Davies of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers wrote home about life on the western Front, in...
On World War I Centenary, Chasing a Soldier's Memory
More than 100 years after the First World War, one writer retraces his grandfather's footsteps...
The Japan Times
Japan’s gambit in WWI set stage for a dark future
While a major power during the Second World War, Japan's role during the The Great War have...