History

Why it’s important to deal with the dark history of witch-hunting

In recent decades, governments the world over have increasingly taken action to address the dark history of witch-hunting. In western ...
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Anzac Day: Misconceptions and the real meaning of commemoration

In late October 1914, following a long period of rising tensions between the two nations, the Ottoman navy conducted a ...
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The dismissal: Truth at last

The dismissal of the Whitlam government in November 1975 was the most devastating and potentially dangerous constitutional crisis in Australia’s ...
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Marcus Aurelius and stoic politics

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) was one of the so-called Five Good Emperors of the Roman Empire – and the last ...
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Everyone can help forge a safe ending to what Oppenheimer began

The Oppenheimer film is a significant artistic work, and by all accounts – including of Kai Bird, the surviving author of the detailed biographical ...
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Reflecting on the Russian Revolution

The Russian writer Konstantin Paustovsky famously remarked that the great Russian humanist intelligentsia, who included Pushkin and Herzen, Tolstoy and ...
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Beethoven, music and human progress

One morning a few days ago, a sublimely mild and sunny summer day, I was walking the several kilometres into ...
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Holocaust remembrance: We must beware of well-intentioned mythmaking

In ancient Rome, the saeculum, or ‘the age’, was the span of living memory, the telling of an event passed down ...
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The role of rituals in human history

Each December, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, among others, take over our thoughts and our wallets as we participate in ceremonies ...
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Gorbachev’s appeal for peace and freedom

As a world statesman and a student of world affairs, Mikhail Gorbachev’s perspective is worth having. His 2019 book, What ...
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Mikhail Gorbachev wanted to save communism, but buried it instead

The death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, under whose leadership the communist bloc was brought to ...
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How Hitler conspiracies and other Holocaust disinformation undermine democratic institutions

Godwin’s Law posits that any online argument, if it continues long enough, will inevitably invoke a comparison to Hitler. Perhaps there ...
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