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Tag Archives: History

Chine-Kazakhstan : vers un glacis eurasien ?

Emmanuel Véron, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco) et Emmanuel Lincot, Institut Catholique de Paris Indépendant depuis 1991, à la suite de l’effondrement de l’URSS, le Kazakhstan, véritable État-continent (2 724 900 km2, ce qui en fait le neuvième plus grand pays du monde) qui dispose de 2 % des réserves mondiales de pétrole, ainsi que de la deuxième réserve mondiale d’uranium, …

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Onions, embroidery and other historical lessons could help you sleep

John Collier / Wikimedia Commons Sasha Handley, University of Manchester Most developed societies in the West are currently plagued by endemic sleep loss, falling well short of the eight hours recommended by the World Health Organisation. In particular, many children and young people are currently suffering from sleeping problems. A recent BBC documentary went so far as to label this …

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A brief history of Christmas Pudding – and why it can actually be quite good for you

Olesia Reshetnikova/Shutterstock Hazel Flight, Edge Hill University Even in these hard and strange times, Christmas will be celebrated and traditions upheld. And for many British households, Christmas dinner would not be complete without a Christmas pudding – traditionally served with brandy sauce, brandy butter or custard. The Christmas pudding originated in the 14th-century as a sort of porridge, originally known …

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Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

The Gallery of Ecological Art (formerly China gallery) at the British Museum of Decolonised Nature. Image courtesy John Zhang and Studio JZ, Author provided Colin Sterling, UCL and Rodney Harrison, UCL When Victorian tea-merchant Frederick Horniman was looking to build a new home for his extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts, his own back garden offered the perfect spot. …

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Why lockdowns don’t necessarily infringe on freedom

Annelien de Dijn, Utrecht University Europe is dealing with its “second wave” of COVID-19. And governments seem powerless to stem the tide. Dutch political leaders find it difficult to convince their citizens to wear face masks. A large majority of French voters think that Emmanuel Macron’s government has handled the pandemic badly. And Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, is facing …

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When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France Marlene Daut, University of Virginia In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced. Much of the reparations debate …

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How to support white British trainee teachers in their thinking and teaching about black British histories

Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Marlon Moncrieffe, University of Brighton Black British history plays a significant role in the formation of British cultural identity and the history of the UK, and ought to be taught as such in UK schools. But evidence from my research on primary school teaching and learning about history and national identity shows that white British teachers – …

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La Alhambra aún guarda secretos: descubrimientos en el Patio de los Leones

Nicomedes de Mendivil (dib.), Esteban Buxó (grab.). Detalle de templete y mocárabes en el Patio de los Leones de la Alhambra. Publicado en “Monumentos Arquitectónicos de España”, cuaderno nº 27, 1865 [col. particular]. Antonio Gámiz Gordo, Universidad de Sevilla Ningún otro rincón de la Alhambra de Granada, incluida en la lista de Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO, despierta tanto interés …

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Lo que significaba ser bueno o malo en el antiguo Egipto

Dioses del tribunal en el juicio final del difunto tocados e inspirados con la pluma de Maat (pap. funerario de época ptolemaica, 200 a. C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, pieza cat. MMA 66.99.142) Metropolitan Museum of Art Antonio J. Morales Rondán, Universidad de Alcalá En el antiguo Egipto no había una sola palabra para definir el bien o el mal. …

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Stop telling students to study STEM instead of humanities for the post-coronavirus world

Australia’s move to increase fees for some university humanities courses reflects global trends towards market-friendly education that overlook what’s needed for human flourishing. Here, the University of Sydney. (Eriksson Luo/Unsplash)

Australia’s move to increase fees for some university humanities courses reflects global trends towards market-friendly education that overlook what’s needed for human flourishing. Here, the University of Sydney. (Eriksson Luo/Unsplash) Alan Sears, University of New Brunswick and Penney Clark, University of British Columbia Finally, someone has figured out how to put an end to students wasting their lives in the …

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