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Podcast: The Turin Shroud

Charles Freeman discusses his research into one of history's greatest mysteries.

A Rare Species: Britain's Non-Royal Dukedoms

Two recent notable deaths are a reminder of an endangered British species: the non-royal duke and duchess.

In the November issue of History Today

The Shroud of Turin, Joan of Arc's 'visions' and the invention of Total War.

Did Britain Fail Hong Kong?

Could Britain have done more in the years leading up to 1997 to ensure Hong Kong's freedoms?

Mirror Year: How Old Are You Really?

Chris Lowry puts a lifetime into historical perspective.

Our New Office

A few pictures of our suitably historic new abode.

Photography in Museums: The Eyes Have It

Paul Lay reflects on the fashion for taking photographs in museums and galleries.

Scotland's Referendum: Home Rule All Round?

Before discussing the possibility of Home Rule, Britain needs to get its 'House' in order, argues Naomi Lloyd-Jones.

In The Magazine

A Cursyde Deede: Henry V and the Siege of Rouen

The siege of Rouen in 1418 was a brutal episode of medieval warfare, made worse by the fact that the city’s elderly and infirm were abandoned to a no man’s land. Daniel E. Thiery explains how the medieval mind justified such actions.

Historical Biography

Daniel Snowman asks whether historical biography can be considered a serious contribution to history and assesses the latest trends in the field.

What were the wartime Japanese thinking?

According to western stereotype, the Japanese at the time of the Second World War were passive and obedient automatons. Yet the realities of daily life in imperial Japan were complex and politically charged, argues Christopher Harding.

Inside the Theatre of Experience

Historians and literary scholars should be encouraged to share their insights in order to paint a more complete picture of the past, argues Mathew Lyons.

Man of the Stern Gang

Mira Bar-Hillel recalls the family friend who was once one of the controllers of the Zionist organisation responsible for the assassination of Britain’s minister resident in the Middle East.


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