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The Decline of History Degrees

Yet in centers of learning across North America, the study of the past in general, and of wars in particular, is in spectacular eclipse. History now accounts for a smaller share of undergraduate degrees than at any time since 1950. Whereas in 1970, 6% of American male and 5% of…

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Daniel Hannan on Magna Carta

From: Daniel Hannan    What Magna Carta initiated, rather, was constitutional government—or, as the terse inscription on the American Bar Association’s stone puts it, “freedom under law.” It takes a real act of imagination to see how transformative this concept must have been. The law was no longer just an…

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Celebrate Magna Carta In 2015

From Daniel Hannan Lord Denning, most celebrated of all twentieth-century jurists, declared: “Magna Carta is the greatest constitutional document of all times—the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.” The few copies that survive from the thirteenth century are mostly housed in our…

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