Worlds Little and Large

Will the pandemic see a boom in local history, or will it spur a desire for global perspectives? Perhaps both.

A woman illuminating the ‘Book of the Prudent and Imprudent’, by Catherine d’Amboise, 1507 © Leonard de Selva/Bridgeman Images.

The events of the past few months have changed all our lives in ways we could not have imagined at the start of the year. Back in January, historians were playfully predicting what our version of the ‘Twenties’ might look like: would it be a repeat of the Roaring 1920s, or would it be more like the 520s, the 1020s, or 1620s? Those carefree jokes make poignant reading now.

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