On the art of stealing art

Apr 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

30 March 2020 – all is quiet in The Hague, and a Van Gogh painting is stolen from the Singer Laren museum. The alarm system is triggered, but the thieves have got away before the police arrive, with a painting estimated to be worth more than 6 million euros. Another...

The making of Victoria: From Sullivan Bay to the Gold Boom

Mar 20th, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

The discovery of gold in Victoria in the 1850s brought people from across the world, pushing the newly formed colony to develop rapidly, throwing some curious characters into the spot light, and ultimately shaping Victoria to this day. In this article, Dr Nick Gordon looks at the history of Victoria,...

The Emotion & Enigma of Eastern Siberia

Feb 28th, 2020 | Dr Matthew Dal Santo

To most of the world, “Siberia” is an undifferentiated mass, a featureless land of prisons and snowdrifts entirely befitting its place in Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. But the Russians themselves divide it up into three administrative units, each of which possesses its own distinctive landscapes, history and relationship to Moscow: Western...

The American Presidential Nomination – how complicated could it be?

Feb 13th, 2020 | Dr Matthew Laing

Image above: Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images America is currently in the quadrennial grip of election fever while the Democratic Party conducts its search for its nominee to run against President Donald Trump this November. These presidential ‘primaries’ (as they are more commonly known) are a complex patchwork of mini-elections...

Moscow of the 1990s – a personal account

Jan 9th, 2020 | Geoff Winestock

A visit to Moscow, like many great cities, offers a chance to immerse yourself in its fascinating, tumultuous history. Moscow is unusual however because you can get a feel not just for the distant past, the medieval world of Ivan the Terrible or Napoleon’s campaign of 1812, but also for...

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