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Nero Versus the Christians

Was Nero the Antichrist? The bestial image of the Roman emperor persists in popular culture, but the truth is more complex.

The Enemies Within

A terrorist attack on Wall Street a century ago aroused suspicion of anarchists, socialists and foreigners, as America saw danger around every corner.

This Blessed Plot

The Irish Rebellion of 1641 offered an opportunity for the ambitions of a well-connected group of Puritan politicians and businessmen. The result was civil war.

Leading Ladies

The French tradition of the royal mistress gave new opportunities for women at the court of Charles II.

Captain Cook’s Contested Claim

The concept of terra nullius has long been at the heart of explanations of why the British did not treat with Aboriginal people following Cook’s arrival in Australia. But should it be?

A Few Bad Apples

Brutality, corruption and abuses of power in the Metropolitan Police at the turn of the 20th century led to an inquiry – but no reform.

The Colonels’ Failed PR Coup

A British public relations company in cahoots with sympathetic MPs was unable to whitewash the military regime that seized power in Greece in 1967.