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Pat Murphy casts a history buff's eye at the goings-on in our world. Never cynical – well perhaps a little bit.
Legend, reality and the Outlaw King

Legend, reality and the Outlaw King

The full story of Robert the Bruce’s ascendancy to the Scottish crown is more intricate and certainly less romantic

Stephen Harper returns, and he has plenty to say

The former Conservative prime minister has advice for us on Trump, economics, immigration and more

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The man who shot Billy the Kid

Pat Garrett has been maligned for killing his “friend” in a “cowardly” way. Neither indictment is persuasive

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A Brexit perspective with 55-year-old roots

Charles de Gaulle’s view of the English should help inform the conversation about whether the U.K. belongs in Europe

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Hubert Humphrey’s futile dash for Presidential power

Humphrey tried and tried again but, ambition notwithstanding, he was never meant for the job

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Was the 2008 financial crisis exacerbated by official misjudgment?

Countries as disparate as Ireland, Iceland and Greece showed that misplaced financial exuberance has many pedigrees

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Support for multiculturalism declining in Sweden

The influx of immigrants into Sweden in 2015 is threatening the country’s vaunted beliefs in multiculturalism, immigration and political conformity

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The Swedes weren’t always peace-loving

As far back as the Viking age, the Swedes were troublemakers of the first order. And they persisted for centuries

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Cruising the Baltic, gathering perspectives

From perspectives on politics to perceptions of history, every region has a story to tell. And sometimes they’re complicated

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The tangled tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots

Over the past four-plus centuries, Mary’s reputation has waxed and waned. A movie due out this year should put a positive spin on it

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