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Faced with an extortionate rise in the price of kosher meat, Jewish women in New York’s Lower East Side employed protest tactics borrowed from the radical political movements that prospered in their neighbourhood. 

If Bolivia is so rich, why is it so poor? 

From Elizabethan laws to modern food campaigns: the long history of Britain's patriotic consumers.

Medieval hermits were the agony aunts of their day. 

Foreign traders were attracted to the City of London by England’s prosperous trade in wool and cloth. They were not always made welcome. 

The changing shape of the slave trade in the medieval Mediterranean.

As Britain got hooked on tobacco, smoking paraphernalia became ubiquitous. Items such as tobacco boxes provide an insight into the anxieties and aspirations of the early modern psyche, says Angela McShane.

Perhaps the greatest disaster to ever befall humanity, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 is strangely overlooked. Laura Spinney examines our shared memory of that and earlier tragedies.  

Few episodes in the history of the British Labour movement have been as mythologised as that in which six Dorset farm labourers were shipped to Australia for their trade union activities. But, as Roland Quinault shows, their story is more complex and revealing than the myths allow.

Laughing at experts is nothing new. Kate Davison explores our long history of puncturing the powerful with satire and humour – to keep them in line and just for the fun of it.