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Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:03:30 +0000

The stresses and strains of the British home front during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars are the subject of Jenny Uglow’s new book....

No More Heroes: Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:16:00 +0000

The problem with historical fiction is that it needs heroes. History doesn't.

King John: Still England's Greatest Villain

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:34:00 +0000

Will England's most reviled king get the Thomas Cromwell treatment? It doesn't seem likely. 

The Life and Death of the Paris Commune

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:57:29 +0000

In 1871 Paris revolted against the French state. Many Parisians did not accept France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. Nor did they trust the...

Exhibition: The Perez Simon Collection

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:39:44 +0000

A review of Victorian Obsessions, an exhibition at Leighton House Museum, London.

The Legacy of 1815

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:35:00 +0000

Are we in danger of neglecting the true importance of one of history’s epochal years?

British Pirates and Society

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:51:00 +0000

We think we know all about pirates. As a group their ambiguous status is perfectly encapsulated by the phrase ‘one person’s terrorist is another’s...

How the English Became Americans

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:26:00 +0000

Malcolm Gaskill offers us hints about what compelled him to write this book. He mentions the ‘astonishing intensity of faith, forbearance and...

The Particular and the Personal

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:28:41 +0000

Virginia Nicholson acknowledges the debt she owes as a popular historian to academics such as Roland Quinault, whose 2001 essay on Britain in the 1950s remains a rich source of information.

The History Today Quiz: February 2015

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:24:00 +0000

Questions on the Risorgimento, Tutankhamun, Gran Colombia and the Western Roman Empire. 

Historical Fiction Round-up: March 2015

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:40:00 +0000

 Jerome de Groot highlights some recent historical fiction, en-route encountering Eleanor of Aquitaine, Johannes Gutenberg, Simón Bolívar and the spirit of Marcel Proust.

Sheep Safely Graze: Iraq 1960

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:32:00 +0000

Roger Hudson details the defining role played by oil in the predominantly Kurdish-populated city of Kirkuk in Iraq.

Islamic Poet of Love

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:15:00 +0000

Eleventh-century Córdoba was at the heart of the rich culture of Muslim Andalusia. Among its greatest creative figures was Wallada, princess, patron and poet. Leigh Cuen rediscovers one of the most influential women writers in European history.

Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:40:00 +0000

Schoolboys forget their books, lose their pens and laugh at dirty jokes. This was true even in the rigorous atmosphere of the Anglo-Saxon classroom.

Hi Hitler! How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:47:00 +0000

The past is another country because we do things differently here. Even before the witnesses...

Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:36:00 +0000

‘A palatable taster of what ancient literature and culture can do for us in the present day’; so the editors describe this short book. In their...

A Soldier on the Southern Front

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:04:00 +0000

Emilio Lussu led an extraordinary life. Born into a wealthy family in Sardinia, he was studying law when Italy entered the First World War in 1915...

A Mutual Fascination: Indians in Brighton During the First World War

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:33:00 +0000

The people of Brighton offered a warm welcome to the Indian soldiers sent to convalesce at the Sussex resort in the First World War. But the military authorities found much to be nervous about.

The Forgotten World of Christian Socialism

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:28:00 +0000

Robert Colls offers a personal reflection upon the religious roots of the Labour Party.

Shopping in Georgian London

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:20:00 +0000

The world of shopping in Georgian London offered an array of retail experiences for women in pursuit of the ultimate in fashionable clothing, every bit as sophisticated as those open to the 21st-century shopper.

A Diary Imagined

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:16:00 +0000

John Aubrey, best known for his concise and incisive pen portraits of his 17th-century contemporaries, left no diary of his own. Ruth Scurr set herself the challenge of imagining one from the remnants of his life.

The Weaker Sex? Violence and the Suffragette Movement

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:04:00 +0000

Fern Riddell investigates the campaign of terror orchestrated by the Edwardian suffragette movement before the First World War and asks why it has been neglected by historians.

The Rise of the Sons of Mars

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:58:00 +0000

The struggle for control of the straits dividing Sicily from southern Italy brought the two great empires of the Mediterranean, Carthage and Rome, head to head. It was a world in which ruthless mercenaries prospered.

In the March issue of History Today

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000

Georgian shopping, Waterloo, Anglo-Saxon classrooms and the Sons of Mars.

The Trouble with Thomas: The Controversies of St Thomas Becket

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:15:00 +0000

Becket continues to be an enduring figure of controversy in the public eye. Why was he considered a saint in the first place?

The Poor Child’s Friend

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:15:00 +0000

One of the 19th-century pioneers of education for the working class is emerging from neglect.

Uncertain Glory

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:36:00 +0000

In this bravura novel of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39, Catalan author Joan Sales (1912-83) evokes its messy, devastating lived reality, but even...

The Modern and the Medieval

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:41:00 +0000

'Medieval' is often treated as synonymous with lawlessness and brutality. Is that fair?

Clothing the Poor

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:25:37 +0000

Much has been written about the increase in consumption and the growing richness of material life and culture that accompanied the process of...

Working-Class History

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:47:00 +0000

Emma Griffin charts the postwar emergence of working-class history as a scholarly discipline and argues that, thanks to the torch-bearers, the rationale for it has ebbed away.

Women and the Vote

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:53:00 +0000

Travelling across America in the 1970s, Jad Adams chanced upon a statue of the suffrage...

In Conversation With Greg Jenner

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:34:00 +0000

Fern Riddell talks to the historian Greg Jenner about his new book, 'A Million Years In A Day'.

A Clerk of Oxford

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:07:00 +0000

Eleanor Parker's blog takes in an astoundingly wide range of subjects relating to Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian history and literature

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Case of Lewis Carroll

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:25:00 +0000

Carroll’s perceived paedophilia seems to have little scholarly evidence.

Night Will Fall

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:25:00 +0000

After 70 years, a visual record of the liberation of Belsen has been restored.

Alternative Histories: England, c.1350

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:53:13 +0000

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Johnson and Boswell at Custer's Last Stand

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:51:00 +0000

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Origins of Classical Architecture

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:54:00 +0000

The stately, rhythmic elegance of Greek temple architecture has inspired generations of...

Exhibition: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:16:00 +0000

Review of an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, West Sussex.

2015: A Year of Anniversaries

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 09:52:00 +0000

Anniversaries can be a crutch for lazy journalists, but they also allow us to reassess our understanding of the past.