How did we get here?


This famous little book was aimed at bright and inquisitive children, but nevertheless it reawakened my interest in history. I say ‘reawakened’, but really I never caught the history bug as a child.

I was much more in to the sciences – my attempt to answer ‘How did we get here?’ would have been quite different. Anyway, years have passed and finally I’m keen to get the historian’s perspective. If you’ve not read A Little History, it’s great and well worth a few hours of your time.

I also loved reading Tony Judt’s ‘Postwar’ last year – yes I’m very Eurocentric for now! And perhaps I’m beginning to understand, just a little better, the forces that have shaped our (sub-)continent in the last half century or so.

I hope that I can also begin to share a little (very amateur!) enthusiasm for history with my kids, as well as my decidedly rusty science. I’d like to encourage broad interests for them and wait and see what blooms.

As you can tell, I’m in a New Year kind of mood!

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