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Wonders of the Ancient World

Sometimes it may seem that historians already know everything possible about the ancient world. Indeed, scientists have found ways to glance at the very beginning…

Relocating to the Man Cave

By Katherine Sansom An Americanism gaining popularity across the Atlantic, the ‘man cave’ is a garage, basement, or spare room in the family home, a…

Changing Gender Roles

There is an infamous old German expression: “Kinder, Kuche, Kirche,” supposedly coined by emperor Wilhelm II and referring to a woman’s place in German society,…

Jean Baudrillard

By Patrick West The late Jean Baudrillard was often described, not always approvingly, as ‘the high priest of postmodernism’. The philosopher and sociologist depicted a…

Tomb Treasures of Han China

By Sam Burt, on The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Why did the Emperors of the Qin and Han…

China: Triumph and Turmoil

By Sam Burt The most insightful documentaries about China’s journey through the 20th century were all made before the 2008 Olympic Games, before China was…

The Origins of Film

By Ion Martea There are multiple debates concerning the origins of film. Photographers in the nineteenth century were anxious to find a way to capture…

The Salvation Army

Among charity organizations existing currently, there is one that takes its mission so seriously that it sees itself as a military unit on duty. The…

The Power of the Playful

By Nicky Charlish Imagination and precision are two attributes that we might think are in conflict, with the former being a product of freedom and…

John Muir’s Literary Science

This article [John Muir’s Literary Science] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [https://publicdomainreview.org/2011/06/09/john-muirs-literary-science/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to…

Ernst Haeckel and the Unity of Culture

This article [Ernst Haeckel and the Unity of Culture] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [https://publicdomainreview.org/2011/01/24/ernst-haeckel-and-the-unity-of-culture/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If…

Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal

The royal Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal is shown on a famous group of Assyrian palace reliefs from the North Palace of Nineveh that are now…

Chinese Secrets of Health

Chinese civilization has for thousands of years been one of the most advanced in the world. China is the land of grandiose architectural monuments, deeply-rooted…

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