One of the theories of history which is unsurprisingly less popular these days is the ‘great man’ approach. The high priest of this type of analysis was the nineteenth-century historian Thomas Carlyle, whose 1840 work, “On Heroes, Hero-worship, & The Heroic in History” generally…
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With admirable inconsistency, the Financial Times ran a pair of stories, one berating the British Conservative party’s process for electing a new leader…
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Good news is hard to come by these days, but sometimes you can spin good from bad. The travel section of the weekend Financial Times tackles the thorny…
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Forget the Spanish ‘flu of 1919. The real biggy in terms of mortality was the Black Death which raged through Europe from 1347 to 1351 and which in some…
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The UK is currently basking in a two-day public holiday celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year rule. Not having to go to work for a few days is…
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You don’t need to search hard these days to find incoherence in government policy. In his first year in office, US President Joe Biden has stamped a…
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One of the joys of re-watching old films is spotting the cultural assumptions of the time which you missed when you first watched it. Daniel Craig’s…
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For those not familiar with cricket, the terminology can seem impenetrable, with its short legs, silly points and googlies. One bit of lingo that has…
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