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Agenda

Literally, agenda means “things to be done”. In political terms, however, it has come to mean either a set of priorities for a particular organisation or – increasingly – the

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Bias

Bias is when a source, deliberately or not, shows an inclination towards a particular group or person.

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Paradigm Shift

Somehow, the practice of astronomy, physics, chemistry or biology normally fails to evoke the controversies over fundamentals that today seem endemic among, say, psychologists or sociologists. Attempting to discover the

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Progress

See also: modern (modernity) In history, progress is the belief that a sequence of events leads to a particular thing becoming better. For example, we have the narrative that in

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Modern (Modernity)

Modernity is defined by some (but not necessarily all) of the following: the rise of the “nation state” the accumulation of capital rather than subsistence the rise of rational inquiry

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David Starkey

David Starkey n. 1. A figure of hate for all serious historians who makes the profession seem populated by pompous, border-line-racist, white, upper-class fools. 2. A role model for all

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History

History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is

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Modern (history)

Modern history is not actually that easy to define. At Oxford, traditionally modern means “not ancient” – so anything after the Romans buggered off home in the fifth century CE.

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