Paul Lay

A lack of historical knowledge is easily exploited in the fractious world of social media.

Though much of the West has withdrawn from empire, one of the world’s rising powers offers the latest twist on imperialism.  

Attempts to unify a diverse continent require subtlety and respect. 

Is it possible to use the past to predict the future?  

The path to democracy is a long one. It should not be taken for granted.

The First World War ensured the success of the Russian Revolution. Peace would have strangled it at birth. 

History is at odds with our desire for simple certainties. Can its cultivation of complexity create a better future?

Dig deeper into Canada’s history and one encounters a more challenging past than its modern image suggests.

Where does historical fiction end and ‘proper’ history begin?

The challenges that Gibbon faced remain much the same for historians today.