History

SOS democracy?
SOS democracy?
Have we entered the era of populism and authoritarianism? Regardless of which continent you look at, there is no shortage of examples to stir pessimism. And yet there are less autocracies than three decades ago, and two thirds of the world’s people live in democratic [...]Read the full article
In memory of witches
In memory of witches
The village of Vardø, in the Norwegian Arctic, with a population of little more than 200 at the time, saw as many as 70 witchcraft trials between 1601 and 1663. Steilneset, the striking memorial for those executed, is a global reference for historians and activists calling for a respectful and [...]Read the full article
Bosnia's last female miners
Bosnia’s last female miners
Some 15,000 people are employed in Bosnia’s mines. In Breza, a small town, around 20 kilometres from Sarajevo, the country’s last female miners dispel the myth that “a woman in a mine brings bad luck”.Read the full article