Even the retail sector became part of the second Five Year Plan imposed on the Soviet Union by Stalin.
Thoughts, opinions and commentary on all things historical.
The complexities of Haiti’s religious culture were misunderstood and exploited by imperial powers.
Solitude was treated with suspicion in the Middle Ages. For most people it has only been a possibility in recent times.
In England, Shrove Tuesday has not just symbolised feasting, fasting and family, but riot and rebellion, too.
On his death two centuries ago, Keats and his work looked sure to be forgotten. Why is he now so well loved?
What can be known about Peru’s pre-Incan civilisation?
The hidden meaning of a medieval pen-twister.
The pioneer of the British civil rights movement is no less significant than his American counterparts.
The medieval insistence on clerical celibacy had dangerous and long-lasting consequences.
What to do when a good joke becomes bad taste.