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 The Ptolemaic system of the universe from the Harmonia Macrocosmica, by Andreas Cellarius, 1708 © Bridgeman Images
The long and complicated history of why there are 360 degrees in a circle.

Mark Ronan

Matador Manuel Granero with the bull, Pocapena, in Madrid, 7 May 1922. Granero would die as a result of being gored during this fight. Photograph by Ernest Hemingway © Ullstein Bild/Getty Images.
Ernest Hemingway’s love of bullfighting bordered on obsession. Did he see his own insecurities reflected in the ring?

Alexander Lee

Drawing of the 1918 Influenza. Wellcome Collection.
Robert Bud says we should remember the Asian flu epidemic of 1957 as a turning point in the history of antibiotics.

Robert Bud

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The Gorleston Psalter (detail), 1310-25 © British Library Board/Bridgeman Images.

How Worcestershire sauce changed the way we look at medieval manuscripts.

Still Life with Fruit, by Osias Beert, c.1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

How Chinese porcelain became a worldwide sensation, changing tastes and the global economy.

The philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1676 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. English, 17th century.

Historians should remind themselves that quantity and quality are often very different things.

A mass rally in Tiananmen Square of Beijing in 1965 against U.S. intervention in Congo-Léopoldville. Wiki Commons.

An outsider’s observations from the moments before China’s Cultural Revolution.

Fall of the Berlin Wall, November 1989. Wiki Commons.

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Abandoning the rule that truth matters in public life.

In 1805, a lady’s maid from Cork visited the palace of a Russian princess and inadvertently became one of the first published Irish writers on Russia.

Combat of the Thirty. Miniature from the Chronicles of the History of the Bretons (1480), de Pierre Le Baud. Wiki Commons.

A chivalric form of planned battle took place on 26 March 1351.

Great Britain and Ireland, from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, by Willem Blaeu, 1635 © Bridgeman Images.

The path to Britain’s Civil Wars of the 17th century was paved in the three very different realms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But it was in the richest and most populous of these that crisis escalated into conflict.

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