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Mikhail Gorbachev and Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika triggered an outpouring of resentment across the USSR. In 1986, young Kazakhs made their voices heard, but the Soviet regime was not ready to listen.

Joanna Lillis

Bran Castle, March 2013.
Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist ideals and made a villain of a national hero.

Duncan Light

Revolting: members of the CRS throw grenades during student riots in Paris, 1968.
France’s elite police unit is being compared to the SS – not for the first time.

Gavin Mortimer

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A mythical turning point in the history of Europe.

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Four historians consider the desirability of profound political change and the methods used to attain it.

Giant’s Causeway, Antrim. According to the Fenian Cycle, Fionn mac Cumhaill, an Irish giant, was challenged to a fight by his Scottish rival Benandonner. Accepting the challenge, he built the causeway so that they could meet.

Mythical tales of giants are rooted in geological realities.

Boniface VIII presiding over the college of cardinals, Italian manuscript, 14th century.

The late-medieval papal chapel was a powerful jewel in the papal tiara.

General de Gaulle on 18 June 1940 in the recording studio of the BBC at Broadcasting House, London.

The relationship between France, Germany and Britain is at the heart of the European story. Three historical figures embody it.

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Though the beginnings of the Byzantine Empire are unclear, its demise is not. The history of the Eastern Roman Empire, from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453, is one of war, plague, architectural triumphs and fear of God's wrath.

A trade caravan passing the Isle of Graia in the Gulf of Akabah, Arabia Petraea, 1839.

The origins of globalisation can be found in the deep past.

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