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Natural disasters as acts of God – or gods.

Around 14000 years ago, where there were some adjoining islands in the Nile Delta, trading took place and became established until the city of Thonis-Heracleion was gradually built, intersected by canals. It had a number of harbors and anchorages and … Continue reading

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┬áThe Adoption of the Gregorian Calendar

I grew up using the Gregorian Calendar without much thought as to its origin (or realising it was called the Gregorian Calendar!)  My digging back in time has taught me that this pervasive and powerful system dates back to Pope … Continue reading

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Human Vulnerability

There have been three major outbreaks of plague. The Plague of Justinian in the 6th and 7th centuries is the first known attack on record, and marks the first firmly recorded pattern of bubonic plague. From historical descriptions, as much … Continue reading

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Trade and Destruction

Trade is all we seem to think about nowadays, and securing trade so that people can go about their lives without fear of starving is a major activity.  Thus, when today we see Qatar blockaded, we see how quickly people … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part XI

When Adam Smith was 17, Britain was at war against Spain, ostensibly due to an old grievance of a Captain Robert Jenkins. His merchant ship was boarded by Spanish coast guards and Jenkins had his ear sliced off by one of … Continue reading

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