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Christoph Baumer’s four-book-series on Central Asia reveals the author to be a person whose skills encompass a wide range of exacting disciplines
It is the 1960s and David is about to embark upon his doctoral studies. A research trip to the Hebrides ensues, but David becomes distracted by a whale who regularly visits the local waters
For most people, any knowledge of Cambodian history stops around 1979 – the year the Khmer Rouge fell, bringing to an end almost four years of genocidal behaviour
‘We are so accustomed to numbers,’ Fioramonti asserts, ‘we do not realize their power anymore.’ And yet they increasingly rule our lives: the state of the economy, quality of life and myriad other conditions are all graded according to statistics
In 1990, on the brink of the fall of the Soviet Union, officials in present-day Transnistria declared the region as a Pridnestrovian Moldavian Region (PMR). In 1991, Moldova (including Transnistria) would become independent of the then dissolved USSR
The story of language in Europe, Dorren tells us, is like a game of Chinese whispers: once upon a time there was a single tongue – which linguists refer to it as PIE (Proto-Indo-European)
After Bolivia declared animal circuses illegal, this documentary follows charity Animal Defenders International as it locates and rescues the remaining circus lions scattered across the country
There’s a significant difference between constructing buildings and constructing places. This exhibition at the Barbican in London aims to explore the complicated relationship between the two

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