Category Archives: Classics

The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy

Jacob Burckhardt’s The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy is one of those cultural monoliths which large numbers of people have heard of, but perhaps (A Brief History of Time, anyone?) fewer have read. One of my personal misconceptions about … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Geography?

Statistics – aren’t they wonderful? The title of this piece was premised on my reading recently that geography students are among those who have the greatest difficulty finding work after graduation. On Googling to verify this, I found several impressive … Continue reading

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A List of Books Published in 1814

There’s been a general re-examination this year of the monumental events of 1914, but I thought I’d go back another century and see what was published in 1814 – at the time of  the realignment of European politics, borders and … Continue reading

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The Hannibal Controversy

It seems a bit sad that one can rise to the giddy heights of an ODNB entry for one reason: ‘Ellis is chiefly known for his fierce controversy with William John Law, which raged from 1854 to 1856, on the … Continue reading

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Top 10 historic books in July

Here are the top 10 historic titles produced by the Cambridge Library Collection in July. Scroll down to vote for your favourite.

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