Thursday, April 13, 2017

Public History at the Crossroads

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This week: An excursion through holidays past, China's American university and a 'detestable nation of Satan' arrives in Europe. For more, subscribe here.

EDITORIAL

Public History at the Crossroads

Either we take the past seriously, on its own terms, at ease with its complexities and contradictions, or we treat it as mere entertainment.

TOURISM

Seeing the Sights: Satire and Strangers

In the late 1700s, the vogue for sight-seeing – now a typical pursuit on Bank Holiday weekends – had arrived to stay. 

MEDIEVAL

The Mongols and Europe

The Mongol ruler Batu Khan defeated Béla IV of Hungary at the Battle of Mohi on 11 April, 1241. Europe braced itself.

CHINA

Tsinghua University Founded

Reparations paid by the Chinese to the US following the Boxer Rebellion were used to open Tsinghua University in Beijing on 11 April, 1911.

COMMUNISM

Albania's Executioner Unmasked

Enver Hoxha, 'Albania's Executioner' died on 11 April, 1985. He left his country isolated, ruled by terror and by far the poorest in Europe.

REVIEWS

Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery

A cultural history of a condition that is estimated to have ravaged and then killed about two million mariners during the 'Age of Discovery'.

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