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Oliver Cromwell sends parliament away, 1653. Rijksmuseum.

Over the last 30 years, the UK’s political class has swapped ideology for values and sleepwalked into major constitutional and political change. What can it learn from the last time it faced a crisis of such magnitude?

August 1967: Police clash with protestors at the Hong Kong tram workers strike. Wiki Commons.

Hong Kong’s current extradition law crisis is not the first that the territory has faced.

Ben Jones

Public monuments have become sites of historical conflict, revealing bitter divisions over interpretations of the past.

Ben Jones

During the Cold War, nearly a quarter of all the world’s nuclear testing took place in Kazakhstan, in secret. In 1986, a high-profile disaster in Ukraine changed that.

Ben Jones

The revolt against President Omar al-Bashir is not the first in Sudan’s history, but it is the first since Africa’s former largest country split in two.

Illustration by Ben Jones.

The Labour Party’s recent entanglement with antisemitism came as a shock to many. At its root is the issue of nationalism. 

Illustration by Ben Jones.

Who cares whether China stops buying soy from the United States? History suggests we all should.

Illustration by Ben Jones.

The Iraq War has damned the former British Prime Minister in the eyes of many. But his support for regime change was widely shared at the time.

Illustration by Ben Jones.

History suggests that Britain’s relationship with Europe may never truly be resolved.

Illustration by Ben Jones.

India’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality is presented as the country shaking off the last vestiges of colonialism. The reality is not so simple.