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The People on the Notes: Adam Smith article icon

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The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong idea about his impact on the history of ideas?

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How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism

It can make chips. It can make mash. And the potato can even help create an entire political-economic system. Rebecca Earle explains how.

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Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis! article icon

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Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis!

Following the death of MP Sir Simeon Stuart, 'Cato' circulated a flier imploring those who could vote to save Britain from what appeared to be terminal decline.

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Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148 article icon

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Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148

The radical John Wilkes had been pursued by the courts following his publication of a semi-pornographic parody of the work of Alexander Pope. His supporters returned him to the Commons as MP for Middlesex, but on the grounds of his conviction, Parliament had expelled him in February 1769, twice; and then again in March. He was re-elected every time. By April, the authorities came up with a way of avoiding the cat-and-mouse game: effectively refusing to acknowledge his win.

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Earth from above, 18th Century style

Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a battleground between science and spectacle. Lily Ford gives an aerial view.

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Humphry Davy, laughing gas and the era of self-experimentation

When Humphry Davy wanted to explore the properties of nitrous oxide, he decided the best way would be to experiment upon himself.

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The Origins of the Idea of the Industrial Revolution

Dr Will Hardy traces the origins of our traditional account of Britain’s “Industrial Revolution”

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OpenLearn Live: 1st September 2016 article icon

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OpenLearn Live: 1st September 2016

The American diplomat whose love was frustrated and his career no less so and eyewitnesses to the Great Fire of London. Free learning from across the day.

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The making of Industrial Britain: A gradual revolution? article icon

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The making of Industrial Britain: A gradual revolution?

Dr Will Hardy reflects on the long-term rise of economic modernity in Britain, and what contemporary perceptions may tell us.

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OpenLearn Live: 30th August 2016 article icon

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OpenLearn Live: 30th August 2016

He made reflecting telescopes, and he made them well. Meet James Short. Then more free learning across the day.

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Yellow Fever: An OpenLearn reading list article icon

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Yellow Fever: An OpenLearn reading list

The World Health Organisation warns that an outbreak of Yellow Fever in DRC and Angola could, unchecked, become a global pandemic. Here's a guide to what you need to know about the disease.

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A journey through two Englands

In this extract from George Eliot's Felix Holt The Radical, a coach makes its way through a nation divided.

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