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Akhbar Ahmed argues that the rise of Muslim fundamentalists means that Islamic leaders face a choice between moderation or militancy.

Growing nationalism in the UK’s constituent countries threatens the study of Celtic languages and history, argues Elizabeth Boyle.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

England has been conflated with Britain for so long that unravelling English history from that of its Celtic neighbours is a difficult task. Paul Lay considers recent histories of England and its people.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

The anti-government protests in Egypt earlier this year swept through Cairo and Alexandria before measures could be taken to protect antiquities in museums and archaeological sites in those cities and across the country. Yet, argues Jonathan Downs, the impact on Egyptian heritage and the repatriation debate has been a positive one.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

Patrick Little celebrates the life and career of a major historian of Early Modern Britain.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

In our series in which historians look back on the changes that have taken place in their field in the 60 years since the founding of History Today, Daniel Snowman takes a personal view of new approaches to the study of the history of culture and the arts – and of music in particular.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

The death of Cabinet government has been a near constant theme of British politics in the 20th century. But it came closer to reality under the premiership of Tony Blair, argues Archie Brown.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

In the light of current events in North Africa and the Middle East, David Motadel examines the increasing frequency of popular rebellions around the world.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Emma Christopher analyses the recent treatment of the sensitive issue of slavery and abolition, both by historians and popular culture at large.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

The economic crisis in Greece has drawn attention to the question of where best to display treasures such as the Elgin Marbles. Jonathan Downs offers some solutions to a historical tug of war.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Amanda Vickery’s new series on the 18th-century home is part of an enlightened new strategy from the BBC, writes Paul Lay.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

The decision by Sussex University to drop research-led teaching and implement a post-1900 curriculum will produce scholars lacking in historical perspective, says Martin Evans.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

Following an invitation to help advise the government on the school history curriculum, what can a high-profile ‘telly don’ like Niall Ferguson bring to the classroom? Seán Lang wonders.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Coalition governments became common in 18th-century Britain, but tended to fail at times of crisis. Jeremy Black draws some parallels with the present day.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Viv Saunders reveals how sport and society are intertwined.

Issue: 66 2010

With the chance of renewed political will to fund the Navy, possibly to the detriment of the Army, Nick Hewitt wonders if British defence policy is reverting to type.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Jonathan Clark offers a historian’s perspective on what the recent general election might mean for Britain’s future political make up.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Wallowing in misery over this admittedly awful year betrays a lack of historical perspective, argues Derek Wilson.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009
Charles Darwin, author of the theory of evolution, is the subject of widespread celebration and study this year.
Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009
Paul Lay introduces the 11th edition of our 59th volume.
Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009
Editor Paul Lay introduces the September issue of History Today
Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009
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Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009
A selection of your letters this month
Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009
A round-up of all the book, film, radio and DVD reviews this month.
Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

Jim Downs says that the Democrats should blame history for the dilemma they face in having to choose between Clinton and Obama for this year’s presidential nomination.

Volume: 58 Issue: 5 2008

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Tempelhof which is about to close for ever as an airport.

Volume: 58 Issue: 10 2008
 How should a society acknowledge the history of minority communities within its borders, particularly minorities that have suffered at the hands of the majority?
Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008

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