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Queensberry Rules of boxing: OK or KO?

John Shotto Douglas, the ninth Marquess of Queensberry, has two major claims to fame. First he was the nemesis of gay author Oscar Wilde who sued him for libel after he had publicly objected to the liaison that Wilde had with his son Lord Alfred Douglas. The suit was dropped but ultimately led to Wilde’s conviction and imprisonment for homosexuality. His second achievement was in the sporting world. All boxing fans have heard of the Queensberry Rules which paved the way for the emergence of gloved... Read More >

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In the latest in a series of extracts from America Inc: The 400-year history of American capitalism Bhu Srinivasan recounts how the transformation of American roads led to the development of department stores and the decay of cities. In the Read More >
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Much like the world today, the period from 1870-1913 (known as the first era of globalisation) was marked by increased trade, significant cross-border financial flows, unrestricted migration and sophisticated financial markets. London was the Read More >
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Real estate, golf courses and Florida sunshine have long gone together, but not always happily. It is to a golf complex in Florida (the wonderfully-named Valhalla Village) that novelist John Updike, with his keen eye for the underlying dynamics Read More >
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Above: The first page of the first set of printed accounts for University College, Oxford, from 1883 © The Master and Fellows of University College, Oxford Read part 1 of this series Read part 2 of this series In 1850 the quiet Read More >
Extract for the 1680s from a register recording the payments of entry fines to University College, Oxford Oxford colleges and their estates over seven centuries: part 2 How colleges stabilised their income between 1500 and 1850
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The opening of the account roll of University College, Oxford, for 1383/4 Oxford colleges and their estates over seven centuries: part 1 How the colleges of Oxford managed their finances pre-1500
Above: The opening of the account roll of University College, Oxford, for 1383-4 © The Master and Fellows of University College, Oxford Few organisations, apart from cathedrals, can rival Oxford and Cambridge colleges for the length and Read More >
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In a conscious echo of Harold Macmillan who oversaw the construction of more than 300,000 mostly local authority houses in 1953, the Prime Minister recently announced that her government is ‘getting back into the business of building houses’ Read More >
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