Distrust of a religious minority, limited interest in international trade, a desire to protect a national identity: this is early modern Japan, a feudal backwater that had cut itself off from the world.
Whether fleeing civil war in Syria, or political oppression in Africa, the right-wing media has met refugees with scorn. This is in contrast to a past of English people both welcoming and being refugees.
Claudius the God asks us whether it is right to support Claudius as he descends into despotism – not just for the characters, but for ourselves as readers – as illustrated by a fable about the choices of a dog.
In the 1930s, Germany threatened to be a football power, finishing third in the 1934 World Cup. Then, they had a larger country from which to pick talent – an eastern province with a lost football history.