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Discovering history

Nobel Laureate Henry Kissinger made a humble start as a sergeant in the 84th American Infantry Division’s counter-intelligence set up during World War II. He participated in the famous Battle…

Ancient history

THERE are some things that are nearly impossible to imagine. Once, at a museum, I had the opportunity to hold in my hand a prehistoric stone tool. Rendered smooth, likely…

Review of history

The present government came into power with a purpose of bringing change in society by defeating the two traditional political parties. That’s the reason people still have high expectations with…

A ‘people’s History’ And Its Sources

A ‘people’s history’ and its sources

A major source of a people’s history is the narration of people about their own lives. Such narrations can be found in their personal accounts, and the biographies, diaries, interviews,…

A ‘people’s History’ And Its Sources

A ‘people’s history’ and its sources

As mentioned in earlier columns of this series, a look at history with a people’s perspective requires critical eyes and keen observations that go beyond official narratives and consult multiple…

A ‘people’s History’ And Its Sources

A ‘people’s history’ and its sources

In this series of columns we have been discussing some sources of a people’s history. We have talked about the writings of civil servants who work with a people’s perspective…

A ‘people’s’ History And Its Sources

A ‘people’s’ history and its sources

Another way of looking at a people’s history is through a gender lens. It means not only looking at the past from a gender perspective but also documenting the present…

History Is Happening

History is happening

On Monday January 13, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in his fight against extradition to the US. The administrative hearing concerned Assange’s lack of access to…

Repeating history

Ultimately, it was the traders, not soldiers who took down the Ottoman Empire. Reading history is always educational, and fun, and with time and hindsight on your side, you sometimes…