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Alternative Histories: Robert the Bruce on Rathlin Island

The Scottish patriot makes a surprising confession.

In the August issue of History Today

The outbreak of the First World War, the day Washington burned and the secret history of the Panama Canal.

The Black Prince and the Tour de France

The visitor to Leeds this summer may be surprised to see the Black Prince sporting the Maillot Jaune, usually worn by the leader of the Tour de France. Fortunately, there is a simple explanation.

Gallery: London's Bridges

Pictures of London's bridges, old and new.

The History Today Quiz: July 2014

This month's quiz includes questions on the Ottoman Empire, the Klondike Gold Rush and the Seven Years' War.

Reconstructing Baroque Opera

The recently opened Sam Wanamaker Theatre marks an intriguing step forward in the revival of baroque opera, says Mark Ronan. 

Alternative Designs for Tower Bridge

One of the world's most famous bridges turns 120 years old this week. But its distinctive design almost didn't come to pass.

Podcast: Africans in Georgian England

Onyeka joins us to introduce a number of aspiring Africans who made an impact on Georgian society during the 18th century.

In The Magazine

The 1954 World Cup: Triumph of a New Germany

Germany will be among the favourites to lift the World Cup this summer. But when West Germany won the competition for the first time in 1954 they were the unfancied representatives of a divided nation emerging from defeat and humiliation, says Paul Legg.

Victory on Lake Nyasa

The opening naval battle of the First World War took place not in the North Sea but in Central Africa in August 1914. It would change the course of the African conflict in Britain’s favour, says Janie Hampton.

The July Crisis

Why did the diplomatic deceits and deceptions that took place across Europe in the summer of 1914 lead to the First World War? Annika Mombauer seeks answers to one of history’s most complex and controversial questions.

The Military Covenant: Rhetoric and Reality

The compact between the British state and those prepared to die for it is a dubious one, argues Sarah Ingham.

Dura Europos

Findings at a desert site in eastern Syria shed light on pagan, Jewish and early Christian religions.


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