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Policing the Ploughs

As Britain faced the prospect of food shortages in 1917, panic mounted. One solution was to redeploy policemen to plough the land.

Kingdoms Come Apart

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.

The Rights of France

Since the late 19th century, French politics has provided a testing ground for right-wing populism.

The Foundations of Liberia

The creation of an African American colony was supported by slave holders and abolitionists, but founded by a few dozen black families.

The Great Rabbit Hoax

In 1726, Mary Toft gave birth to rabbits. The case became a test of the doctors’ scientific principles.