India’s Nalanda University Existed 500 years before Oxford
The winter morning was cloaked in thick fog. Our car swerved past horse-drawn carriages, a mode of transport still popular in the rural reaches of the eastern Indian state of Bihar, the trotting horses and turbaned coachmen looking like shadowy apparitions in the pearly-white mist. After spending a night in the town of Bodhgaya, the…Read More
‘Heatflation’: How High Temperatures Send Food Prices Soaring
Crops are seen drying up on the banks of the Loire River July 17, 2022, in Ancenis, France. The country was on high alert in mid-July after a punishing heatwave sent temperatures soaring and wildfires raging through parts of southwest Europe. LOIC VENANCE/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Vicious heat waves are sweeping parts of the globe, along with the…Read More
The History of the Silk Road
The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. The Silk Road concept refers to both the terrestrial and the maritime routes connecting Asia and Europe. The overland Steppe route stretching through the Eurasian steppe is…Read More
Have You Ever Explored a Cenote?
What do you do when the air is warm and the Sun is shining down? Many kids go swimming! Maybe you take a dip in the ocean. Perhaps you prefer a swimming pool. Either way, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as cool water on a hot summer day. Have you ever been in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula…Read More
What is History?
‘History is the study of people, actions, decisions, interactions and behaviours’ History is narratives. From chaos comes order. We seek to understand the past by determining and ordering ‘facts’; and from these narratives we hope to explain the decisions and processes which shape our existence. Perhaps we might even distill patterns and lessons to guide…Read More