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Worth Reading 114: Hasta and Vopiscus

Oh look it’s a new year, so I must be trying to blog more and not leave this site fallow. Here’s some interesting things I’ve read recently: Where will we live? – A long but fascinating and informative article on Britain’s housing issues from James Meek in the London Review of Books. Seeming Female: Gender […]

Worth Reading 98: Trajan writes his first column

Gove’s proposed history curriculum forgets that we live in 2013, not the 1950s – Anna Claeys explains how the proposed new history syllabus is missing a huge amount of context in the rush to celebrate ‘Britishness’. The Man Behind The Brilliant Media Hoax Of “I, Libertine” – How a night-time DJ created a non-existent literary […]

Why Jeb Bush will win the 2016 Presidential election

Because history repeats itself, except for all the times it doesn’t. Barack Obama’s re-election this week meant that three successive US Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Obama) had all been elected to two terms in office. The only other time this has happened in American politics was 200 years ago, with the Presidencies […]

Nine years in nine posts

To go one better than Jonathan Calder, and as a reminder that this blog will be reaching its tenth anniversary next year. Here’s what I was writing about on or about the 16th May in previous years: 18th May, 2011: Maths, Hanningfield Style proved that Essex is not larger than Croatia. 16th May 2010: I […]

History with a finger on the fast forward button

Found via Nosemonkey, this time-lapse map of European history is rather good: Related PostsNo 2 asking your opinion

What if Colchester had been moved to Suffolk?

Here’s an interesting bit of local history for you all, going all the way back to when I was born in 1972. This was a year of many interesting events, and also the 1972 Local Government Act which brought about wholesale changes to the way large parts of the country were governed. It brought in […]

An Imperial Possession by David Mattingly (2011 book #27)

Not had much of a chance to read over the last few weeks, and when I have, my time’s been occupied by this rather detailed look at life in Britain during its time as part of the Roman Empire. The focus is a bit more archaeological than historical compared to my usual reading, but still […]

The Inheritors by William Golding (2011 book #26)

Helping me keep up my average of a book a week this year, The Inheritors is Golding’s second novel (after Lord Of The Flies) and like that, it’s also a look at some of humanity’s darker impulses. Here, though, the focus is on humanity’s beginnings as seen from the viewpoint of a group of Neanderthals […]

Worth Reading 41: Lords, MPs and Elder Gods

But who will be eaten first? The House of Lords by numbers – interesting data on how many Lords of different parties have been appointed in the last few years. The Poisonous Drivel of Dr Denis MacShane MP – A Labour MP and the Daily Mail conspire in quoting something out of context to disparage […]

From the Gracchi to Nero by HH Scullard (2011 book #22)

Another bit of my attempt to widen my historical knowledge, this book does exactly what it says on the tin an provides a good overview of 200 years of Roman history. There’s obviously a limit to how much detail Scullard can provide in this overview, but he does a very good job of linking the […]