The Handshake: A history of the greeting that transcends cultures and ages

The death of the handshake has been greatly exaggerated, as Ella Al-Shamahi’s lively history of the greeting demonstrates

18th April, 2021
The Handshake: A history of the greeting that transcends cultures and ages
Martin McGuinness and Queen Elizabeth shake hands in 2012, a gesture Al-Shamahi cheekily suggests compares to chimps brushing fingers after a fight. Photo: Getty

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The Handshake: A Gripping History

By Ella Al-Shamahi

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