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Taking history out into the world

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:17:00 +0000

Mathew Lyons argues that historians need to make a greater impact on the political debate about the kind of world we wish to live in.

John Wilkes Booth meets his end

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:49:00 +0000

The man who killed Abraham Lincoln was shot dead on April 26th, 1865.

Competition: Win a copy of Apocalypse: Hitler on DVD

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:52:00 +0000

This is a sponsored post on behalf of SPECTRUM.

Alternative Histories: The Smartwatch in Ancient Greece

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:51:00 +0000

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Video: Karl Dönitz is Released from Prison

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:07:00 +0000

Germany's last Führer walks free from Spandau prison.

A World Without Teenagers: Jihadi brides in Syria

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:37:00 +0000

Arriving in Syria, three London schoolgirls will find themselves in a ‘medieval’ world where the teenager is an unknown concept.

Empire of Cotton

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:47:12 +0000

Every year enough raw cotton is produced for each person in the world to consume 20 T-shirts. Cotton is one of the most common commodities; even...

The Origins of the Early Medieval State

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:29:00 +0000

Paul Fouracre looks at the states that formed after the Fall of Rome and the early historians who questioned whether the barbarians were oppressors or liberators.

Ranji's Special Guest

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:12:00 +0000

Roger Hudson explains why the great cricketer W.G. Grace embraced Indian headwear for a day.

Street Life in London

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:54:00 +0000

The early years of photography saw pioneering practitioners explore every facet of photography, pushing at the boundaries of communication and...

Belsen: Seventy Years On

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:54:00 +0000

A report from the Imperial War Museum's seminar on the anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen camp in April 1945.

The History Today Quiz: April 2015

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:00 +0000

The Cuban embargo, Chinese dynasties, the Peace of Westphalia, the 'Scramble for Africa' and more.

In the May issue of History Today

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:17:00 +0000

The Crusades, dealing with Dönitz, killers at the Kremlin and the importance of a good night's sleep.

The Familiar and the Fresh

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:41:00 +0000

Steven Runciman’s profile of Richard the Lionheart, written at a time of impending crisis in Anglo-Cypriot relations, offers a nuanced and sensitive portrait, writes Minoo Dinshaw.

A Muddy Vision of the Great War

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:36:00 +0000

Following the media rush to commemorate the First World War, Stephen Badsey is disappointed that television has so far failed to embrace the latest historical research on the conflict.

The Father of Modern History

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:34:00 +0000

Adrian Leak looks at the life of  Bishop William Stubbs, the last of the amateur historians and arguably the discipline’s first professional.

Le roi-chevalier: Francis I, the Greatest French King

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:22:00 +0000

Glenn Richardson explores the life and personality of Francis I.

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:13:00 +0000

Despite the modern obsession with a good night’s rest, more of us are sleeping less. Perhaps we should pay attention to the advice of early modern doctors, says Katharine A. Craik.

The Crusades: A Complete History

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:03:00 +0000

Jonathan Phillips offers a comprehensive account of a compelling and controversial topic, whose bitter legacy resonates to this day. 

An Oxford Interlude: Somerville College and the Great War

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:51:00 +0000

The First World War transformed women-only Somerville College. It became a hospital for convalescing soldiers, housed poets and writers and changed forever the fortunes of female students, writes Frank Prochaska. 

The Last Führer: Karl Dönitz and the End of the Third Reich

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:47:00 +0000

Richard Overy explains why the West’s confused approach to Germany after Hitler’s death damaged its relationship with the Soviet Union.

The Italians

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:55:49 +0000

‘Who knows? Perhaps the true truth will never be known’, an Italian in a deckchair says to a girl on the beach who has asked him, ‘What is the...

Science and History: A Great Divide

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:53:00 +0000

Why do so many terrorists come from an engineering background?

Monetising the Past: Medieval Marginalia and Social Media

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:54:00 +0000

Medieval marginalia have found an unexpected second life on Twitter. But why have they been so successful, and how should we treat them?

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:58:57 +0000

The Brothers Grimm began collecting their tales at the start of the 19th century, taking them from existing books and manuscripts, transcribed...

The eruption of Mount Tambora

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:40:00 +0000

Possibly the most destructive volcanic eruption of all time occurred on April 10th, 1815.

The End of the American Civil War

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:27:00 +0000

To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the war between the states, we explore its legacy through the History Today archive.

Ireland: Easter Rising or Great War?

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:12:00 +0000

The events that led to the creation of the Irish Free State and reshaped the United Kingdom were part of two inextricably linked histories.

Lord Briggs, Public Life and History in Britain

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:05:01 +0000

Asa Briggs says he likes to think in threes. In the three years following his 90th birthday, the author of Victorian People,...

A History of the Gym

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:01:01 +0000

Knees up, knees up…head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick. He’s a health fanatic ... he...

Alternative Histories: Normandy, A.D. 960

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:44:02 +0000

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Helena Rubinstein dies in New York

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:39:25 +0000

The founder of the eponymous cosmetics company died on April 1st, 1965. 

The Best History Apps

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:19:00 +0000

Our pick of the finest history-related apps for your smartphone or tablet. 

Culture, Continuity and Breast Cancer

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:50:00 +0000

Breastfeeding, corsets and ageing: the mysterious dangers of womanhood.

The Golden Age of Pantomime

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:48:00 +0000

Few developments signal the sunset on a ‘Golden Age’ like the creep of nostalgia: when the combined Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus...

Churchill's Scientists

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:55:00 +0000

An exhibition at the Science Museum opens up a little-known aspect of Churchill’s wartime achievement.

Italian Venice: A History

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:27:00 +0000

The history of post-Risorgimento, post-Unification Italy has been much discussed, but relatively rarely has the history of the states...

Innovative Oldenburg

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:11:00 +0000

A German scholar living in 17th-century London revolutionised the way scientists shared news of their latest advances.

Pacifism and Feminism in the Great War

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:58:00 +0000

A century ago, the Women’s Congress met with the aim of revolutionising a ravaged political landscape.

The Spy With 29 Names

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:22:00 +0000

‘In wartime’, Churchill remarked to Stalin during the Tehran conference of November 1943, ‘truth is so precious...