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The nature of warfare is constantly changing. So are the challenges that composers face in depicting the sound and struggle of battle.

We ask 20 questions of leading historians on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors …

The foundations of modern India were laid by the British governor-general, Warren Hastings. But he paid a heavy personal price.

There is beauty to be had from the smallest of objects. In the 18th century, tweezers, toothpicks and clippers became the signs of a polite, and beautiful, society.

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

Marie Skłodowska Curie, the world’s most famous female physicist, was born 150 years ago, on 7 November 1867. Although her legacy is assured, in her lifetime she was a controversial figure.

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

It is tempting to adopt a black-and-white view of the past, but history is complex and should be judged on its own merits.

The path to democracy is a long one. It should not be taken for granted.