History Today

Do the dead matter? This is the central question in this meticulously researched, all-encompassing exploration of our mortal remains. At its heart...

Tim Blanning offers a telling comparison at the beginning of this magisterial and insightful new biography. In 16th-century Brandenburg, the...

Aristotle is so synonymous with learning that he has been known simply as ‘the Mind’, ‘the Reader’ and ‘the Philosopher’. Admired by both Darwin and Marx, Edith Hall explores his life and legacy.

It is one of the most startling pictures of the end of the Second World War, taken in May 1945, soon after Hitler’s death. Lee Miller, the...

Two historians take opposing sides as Britain’s referendum on EU membership approaches. 

A Japanese map produced during the Second World War encouraged children to follow the Empire's military effort, explains Kate Wiles.

Henry VIII's coronation was greeted with a sense of hysterical optimism. As Lauren Johnson shows, it would not last.

We might applaud the tall, blond and ruggedly handsome Vikings of pop culture as being historically accurate, but authentic engagement with the past requires more than just convincing hair and make-up, says Oren Falk.

Although best known as Elizabeth I’s court magician, John Dee was also one of England’s most learned men. Katie Birkwood explores his books and the wealth of information they can provide on his early life.

Through the myth of the executioner’s mask, Alison Kinney explores our tortured relationship with life, death, mortality and museums.