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European Monarchs: One Big Family?

In 1914, on the eve of the First World War, Europe was tense as the thought of the coming conflict occupied everyone’s minds, a conflict that to some appeared more like a family feud. Why? The monarchies of Europe were so interconnected through centuries of marriages that, despite being enemies…

South African apartheid

Xan Atkins gives a potted history of the political events and key figures leading up to and during the system of racial segregation in South Africa between 1948 and 1994.

The Mayans

Sophie Brownlee investigates the extensive period of the Mayan civilisation in Central America which lasted from 2600 BC to the end of the seventeenth century.