Peter's Railway


The decline of language skills threatens the study of the past. And machines won’t come to the rescue.

Findings at a desert site in eastern Syria shed light on pagan, Jewish and early Christian religions.

P.M. Holt depicts 'an organized revolutionary movement... resulting in the establishment of a territorial Islamic state'.

Nationalist movements, by their very nature, claim to be exclusive, anchored to a specific place through shared links of blood or soil or past...

Sometimes history has so many twists and turns that you could not make it up. Today the south-west corner of the Arabian peninsula lies at the...

The ‘little town’ celebrated by western Christians as the location of the Nativity is much more than a stylised depiction evoked in Christmas cards each December, says Jacob Norris. 

John Godfrey describes how the capture of Constantinople in 1204 was an unexpected result of the Crusading movement.

From the thirteenth century until the suppression of the sect by Kemal Ataturk, writes Anne Fremantle, these enthusiasts symbolized their religious beliefs by means of their ecstatic dances.

As a means of national survival, write Diana Spearman and M. Naim Turfan, Atatürk preached the whole-hearted acceptance of contemporary civilization.

Lansing Collins describes how, in honour of a previous gift sent in the other direction, Elizabeth I presented Sultan Mohammed III with an elaborate clock, surmounted by singing birds that shook their wings.


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