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Paul Lay

Is it possible to use the past to predict the future?  

The path to democracy is a long one. It should not be taken for granted.

The First World War ensured the success of the Russian Revolution. Peace would have strangled it at birth. 

History is at odds with our desire for simple certainties. Can its cultivation of complexity create a better future?

Dig deeper into Canada’s history and one encounters a more challenging past than its modern image suggests.

Where does historical fiction end and ‘proper’ history begin?

The challenges that Edward Gibbon faced remain much the same for historians today.

Six titles have made the shortlist for our annual book prize.

Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit. 

The Alaska Purchase was signed on March 30th, 1867.