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Dark Days: Prussia’s Winter of Discontent

For Germany's national identity, winter is a metaphor that keeps on giving.

Exhibition: Bletchley Park

A new visitor centre places the work of Bletchley Park within the broad history of the Second World War.

Ebola, Plague and Border Control

Few things instil as much terror as a deadly contagion with no known cure.

Podcast: General Sherman's Total War

Matt Carr discusses Sherman's March to the Sea, a key turning point in the American Civil War.

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.

In The Magazine

A Monarch and his Mignons: Henry III's Court

The young men who surrounded Henry III of France have been dismissed by some historians as effeminate, inconsequential sycophants. Robert Knecht offers a very different account of their activities and influence.

More than Child’s Play? The World of War Toys

Do war toys encourage violent behaviour and make conflict more acceptable? Or do they offer genuine insight into military history? Philip Kirby, Sean Carter and Tara Woodyer examine the evidence.

Spirit of the Age

Olivia Williams takes issue with some of the wilder assertions and anachronisms contained in Thomas Maples’ otherwise engaging 1991 article on the 18th-century gin craze.

Collaborator: No Longer a Dirty Word?

The crisis in Ukraine has revealed to the world the divisions that exist throughout Europe about how the Second World War is remembered. Gareth Pritchard and Desislava Gancheva look at the controversial debate around wartime collaboration.

Portraits of Power

Thomas Penn and his colleagues have embarked on a project to publish a series of short biographies of England’s and, subsequently, Britain’s monarchs. Why is the study of kings and queens still relevant in our less than deferential age?


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