We know less about some periods than others, but the meaning of ‘Dark Age’ is multifarious and often loaded.
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Nobody owns the past, but many have sought to use it to their own ends. The use, and abuse, of ancient history has been ever-present.
Founded as the British Broadcasting Company in October 1922, the BBC has sought to ‘inform, educate and entertain’ for a century. Facing an uncertain future, what impact has it had on the past?
Society’s battle against what Richard Nixon called ‘public enemy number one’ is an ancient one. Is there any sense in fighting?
Once described as a ‘slow-motion car crash’, relations between Turkey – or Türkiye – and the rest of Europe have often been defined by suspicion and mistrust. Do historical grievances define the country’s relationship with Europe?
On the 60th anniversary of its end, Algerian memory of the War of Independence remains a thorny issue.
On the 50th anniversary of Watergate we ask four historians about its afterlife – beyond the impressively versatile -gate suffix.
As conventional wisdom has it, Europe began to see the light at the end of a dark age sometime around 1500. Four experts try to date the birth of modernity.
Four experts debunk the myth of modestly covered piano legs and point the finger of blame at ungrateful modernists.
Announced on 12 March 1947 with the intention of containing Soviet expansion, the Truman Doctrine is sometimes seen as the first declaration of the Cold War. Four experts ask whether the conflict’s legacy is a defining one.