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Geoffrey Parker has secured an enviable reputation as one of the leading historians of early modern Europe. He has decided to branch out and the results are spectacular
It’s difficult to warm to an author who asserts that money is ‘arguably man’s greatest invention’, but Rupert Darwall generally isn’t much of a one for warmth
The Amazon, Ganges, Yangtze, Nile – these rivers physically, economically and spiritually nourish and sustain billions around the world, and are key sources of geopolitical friction. But the future of water is uncertain
‘More energy, more technology, more people, more energy’ – this is the feedback loop, whereby an increase in energy supply ramps up demand for energy by allowing for population expansion
Lord Giddens is one of the most pre-eminent – and prolific – sociologists of the past 50 years, and the first edition of The Politics of Climate Change, published in 2009, was a must-read for anybody interested in the topic
When writing about happy cities, the first and most difficult task is to define happiness. Charles Montgomery, for all his forays into philosophy, economics and brain science, never really provides an adequate solution
Maps, in a sense, are what all wars are about. Disputing their accuracy, changing their colours, redrawing their boundaries: these are major causes and consequences of conflict
In 1553, Hugh Willoughby and Richard Chancellor led an expedition in search of a northeastern passage to Asia. They never achieved their goal, of course, but their voyage still counts as ‘one of the boldest in English history’

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