In ancient Greece the rules of beauty were all important. Things were good for men who were buff and glossy. And for women, fuller-figured redheads were in favour – but they had to contend with an ominous undercurrent, historian Bettany Hughes explains. A full-lipped, cheek-chiselled man in Ancient Greece knew two things – that his […]Read more "Would you be beautiful in the ancient world?"
Officials in Turkey have announced the discovery of a massive underground city in the historic Cappadocia region of central Anatolia. The complex of carved rooms and tunnels was unearthed as civil workers began excavating for an urban renovation project in 2013, but its discovery was not made public until recently. Experts estimate the still-unnamed find […]Read more "Vast Underground City Found in Turkey May Be One of the World’s Largest"
A collection of the most popular and interesting things History Today has published over the past 12 months. See more at: http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2014/12/best-history-today-2014#sthash.0U5k6n24.dpufRead more "History Today’s Best of 2014"
What do you do with the house Hitler was born in? For years the building in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn has been rented by the Austrian interior ministry to prevent misuse by neo-Nazis. It was once a day-care centre for the disabled. Now it is empty, as the owner has not agreed to […]Read more "Hitler’s old house gives Austria a headache"
This year people in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and plenty of other nations will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The document will be lauded for establishing one vital principle. A new book about Magna Carta is published today which claims to offer new insights into one of the most famous documents […]Read more "Just how important is Magna Carta 800 years on?"
Dear Readers, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and most wonderful wishes for the New Year. I will be leaving for holiday vacation until the New Year, and so e-Storia will not have any new posts between now and the New Year. Please remember to check back […]Read more "Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year"
Many observers of modern social science are convinced of the maxim: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’. Yet good historical scholarship has always used statistics as the antidote to the ‘damned lies’. This is especially useful with the Industrial Revolution, where wild theories dominate. Below I examine three famous theories […]Read more "The search for an explanation for why Britain was the first nation to industrialise"