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Adam graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History and wrote for university publications as a student. Writing for the New Historian allows him to continue combining two of the things he enjoys most: learning and writing about the past. During university, he specialised in drawing links between medieval and modern societies as he enjoys discovering similarities between different time-periods and cultures.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys reading for knowledge and pleasure. He takes pleasure in the creativity and ingenuity of humans, both past and present. He is also a keen cricketer and attempts to play whenever the weather allows. Often, he has to explain cricket to those with no knowledge of it, with varying success.
On 27th February, 1933, the Reichstag Building in Berlin was engulfed in flames. Despite the best efforts of fire fighting crews, the Reichstag, the physical representation of German democra... Read more
Since the global financial crisis hit in 2008, cities across Europe and the United States have experienced a sharp increase in urban activism and protest. Calling for more equitable distribu... Read more
The murky world of international espionage has inspired writers such as John le Carré and Ian Fleming. Both these writers wrote at the height of the Cold War, but in earlier history as well,... Read more
Feminist movements seek to establish women’s rights. Feminist campaigns are widely considered to be one of the driving forces behind historical societal changes for women’s right... Read more
Sex education is now common in many state schools. Often embarrassing for students and teachers, the subject has received much criticism for how it is taught and, sometimes, simply for being... Read more
The moment when the first four-limbed vertebrates – tetrapods – moved onto land was a key moment in evolution. Yet precisely how and when this momentous event occurred remains ob... Read more
The transition to a cooked diet was an important change in human evolution. Cooked foods are a universal component of the diets of all known human societies. Modern humans have developed a s... Read more
The First World War was one of the most brutal conflicts of all time. Between July 1914 and November 1918, more than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war.... Read more
In 1087, a joint Pisan and Genoese force attacked the North African town of Mahdia, located in modern-day Tunisia. Christian forces returned to Italy triumphantly and used their spoils of wa... Read more
Tax auctions, where unpaid property tax bills are sold to investors, occur annually across the United States. Local governments transfer these bills to private groups who obtain the right to... Read more