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Asimov Mathematics and the Collapse of Empire

Asimov Cropped

by Brian Clegg If there’s one lesson that we have learned from recent shock political results, whether it’s Brexit in the UK, or the election of Donald Trump to the White House, it is that we can’t trust the polls,

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Posted in Ancient History, Modern History

Felix Yusupov and the Murder of Rasputin

Felix Yusupov

by Douglas Smith The Yusupov household was staunchly anti-Rasputin. Felix Yusupov’s father could not bear even to hear the name spoken in his presence, and his mother let the empress know of her hatred for the man, which poisoned their

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Posted in Modern History

Life Inside the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Theresienstadt

by David Cesarani Until the mass eviction of German Jews to Theresienstadt, the ghetto-camp had a predominantly Czech Jewish character. At the end of 1941 it accommodated 7,545 Jews from Prague and Brno. Over the next six months 26,524 Jews

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Eoin MacNeill: Building an Army for the Easter Rising

Eoin MacNeill

by Tim Pat Coogan ‘MacNeill’ was Eoin MacNeill, the ostensible leader of the Irish Volunteers, a Gaelic scholar and professor at University College Dublin. Eoin MacNeill had envisaged the corps as having a purely defensive role. Coming into action only

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

May 1968: The French Revolution That Never Was

May 1968

by Jonathan Fenby The mass demonstrations and strikes in France in May 1968 severely challenged De Gaulle’s legitimacy and even fears of revolution. Charles De Gaulle’s government was criticized within France, particularly for its heavy-handed style. While the written press

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Posted in Military History, Modern History
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