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History has commonly held smallpox to be an ancient disease. Really ancient. The Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention, for example, says smallpox is “thought to date back to the Egyptian Empire around the 3rd century BCE”. And it’s often said that the pharaoh Ramses – who died in 1145 BC – suffered from smallpox.… Continue reading

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As summer approach, thoughts turn to the next stage as university looms for many, while for others, it’s the end of university that’s in sight. For those looking forward to starting, or finishing, a history degree, we’re taking a look at the options available at the end of study. History students tend to have strong problem-solving… Continue reading

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With the centenary anniversary of several bloody battlegrounds including the Somme and Verdun, this blog assesses why, after 100 years, historians are still debating what started World War One. The central question surrounding the start of the war is the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Historians have been at loggerheads as to how Europe went from the… Continue reading

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Prophecy is a tricky business, but it hasn’t stopped many of the world’s greatest leaders, scientists and thinkers from trying to predict the future. Needless to say, they don’t always get it right, as the five worst predictions in history make abundantly clear! 1. John Maynard Keynes and the 15-hour work week The economist John… Continue reading

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