The renewables and battery revolution. What history teaches us about the future.

The advent of cheap renewable energy and battery storage has already started to change the world. It is not an exaggeration to call this change a “revolution”. Some companies and countries will make it through this revolution stronger and better. Many will fail. If you are a leader in an energy related company or a government minister you need to More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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History is written by the winners. And Europeans are losing.

German refugees at the end of the Second World War. There are a lot of people to whom the quote “history is written by the winners” is attributed to.  Winston Churchill frequently pops up in the context More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, January 1st, 2017
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Happy 12,017 Human Era!

For many of us today is 1 January 2017 AD or CE.  AD stands for Anno Domini – the year of our Lord – and is a direct reference to how many years after Jesus Christ was born. Naming years linked to More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, December 26th, 2016
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Leaving the EU Part 2: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit?

In Part 1 of this series History Future Now investigated instances where seceding from an empire or supranational body was a disaster for both the party leaving and the party that had been abandoned. We looked More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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Brexit and Napoleon’s Continental System

Those of you who read or watched Sharpe, a book and TV series about a British soldier – played by Sean Bean – set during the Napoleonic Wars, will recall that Napoleon Bonaparte controlled most of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, December 4th, 2016
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Leaving the EU Part 1: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit? 

There is a lot of confusion in the UK about what Brexit means and what the implications will be for the country over the next few years and decades beyond.  For some, those that opted to vote remain, leaving the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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England’s historical relationship with Europe and what this means for Brexit and the future.  

In 1475 Edward IV of England signed a treaty with Louis XI of France in which he formally renounced his claim to the French throne.  The war that would later be called the Hundred Year’s War finally came to an More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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Justinian’s Plague and Ebola

The Roman Emperor Justinian had started to rebuild the Roman Empire when the Mediterranean was hit by a plague that wiped out a third of the empire’s population. It had a similar devastating impact on the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, September 28th, 2014
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The Caliphate of the Headless: why Islamic State deserves our respect

First, lets get this out of the way: the Islamic State is a frightening, murderous, group and needs to be neutralised as soon as possible. Second, their game plan is terrifyingly brilliant and deserves our More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, April 21st, 2014
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4700 AD – an unimaginably distant future

History Future Now spent the Easter break in Sicily amidst the ruins of Greek and Phoenician cities.  Agrigento, founded by Greek colonists in 582BC, contains one of the most extensive collections of Greek temples More...