Caesar & the Celts: Nationalistic Propaganda and Fear of Foreigners

Julius Caesar, for many a hero, for others a master of war, a tyrant. Whatever your take on Caesar is, the fact is that he was a rather intelligent man who used all the tools he had at hand to complete his objectives. Part of this involved building a narrative for Rome; tales of the greatness of their people and … More Caesar & the Celts: Nationalistic Propaganda and Fear of Foreigners

Grand Tour: A guide to the Early Modern “Gap Year”

This piece will look at how (for those who could afford it) getaway and travel to the European continent from the British Isles in search of culture, experiences and exposure to perfect foreign languages, particularly in the 18th to 19th centuries. Usually they would be accompanied by tutors or a companion. This custom was known … More Grand Tour: A guide to the Early Modern “Gap Year”

“Crwydro y byddo am oesoedd lawer” – Them Welsh Witches!

We have covered bits of the history of witchcraft here in W.U Hstry, but there is always more stuff to dig up, obviously. So it happens I’ve recently come across something written by Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire) regarding witch trials in Wales. I was incredibly surprise to find out that there have only been … More “Crwydro y byddo am oesoedd lawer” – Them Welsh Witches!

Roman Rocks in Mathematics and Medicine

If you go around asking random strangers in a clandestine political gathering what have the Romans ever done for us? they’ll probably answer with the aqueducts, irrigation, sanitation, roads, etc.. They’re quite right for saying so. Anyone willing to deny the Romans these achievements is simply being blasphemous, and in Roman times that deserves a … More Roman Rocks in Mathematics and Medicine