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Volume: 63 Issue: 2

Contents of History Today, February 2013

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Roger Hudson pictures British gunboat diplomacy in Egypt in 1882.

Christian Byzantium and the Muslim Abbasid caliphate were bitter rivals. Yet the necessities of trade and a mutual admiration of ancient Greece meant that there...

For all its faults C.E Hamshere’s account of Francis Drake’s 16th-century circumnavigation, published in History Today in 1967, applies a historical...

A new online resource opens up possibilities for interpreting the infrastructure of the Roman world, says Jasmine Pui.

A pioneer of global governance, Lionel Curtis is all but forgotten today. His ideas, says Tom Cargill, are in urgent need of reassessment.

Who is and who is not an American? The question goes back to the Revolution. The answer is always changing, says Tim Stanley.

Tim Pat Coogan points the finger of blame for the Great Famine at ministers in Lord Russell’s government, which came to power in 1846, and sees echoes of the...

George T. Beech investigates whether a King of Wessex adopted a new name for his country in 828, but failed to implement the change.

Victoria Gardner looks back at earlier attitudes to Britain’s press freedom and how the withdrawal of the Licensing Act of 1662 spawned a nation of news addicts....

Seth Alexander Thévoz looks at how Victorian clubs in London’s West End played a role in oiling the nation’s political wheels.

Deborah Cohen opens the archives of the Scottish Marriage Guidance Council, founded in 1946, and finds that couples in the postwar years were more than happy to...

Jerome Carson and Elizabeth Wakely explore the mental illnesses suffered by some famous historical figures and consider the impact on their lives and achievements...

The Vikings are back with a vengeance, writes Jeffrey Richards

The ill-fated fortress was opened on February 14th 1938.

Atheism today is widely perceived to be the opposite of spirituality. This assumption is turned on its head when we look at the neglected origins of the Victorian...

Philip Baker considers the lasting impact of the Levellers’ famous efforts to reform the English state in the aftermath of the Civil Wars by means of written...

The wedding of Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V took place on February 14th 1613.

Enter our crossword for February and win the audiobook America: Empire of Liberty,...

The German First World War commander Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck has been described as the 20th century’s greatest guerrilla leader for his undefeated campaign in East...

The celebrated little person was married on February 10th, 1863.

How the automobile has shaped Britain over the past 120 years.

A richly detailed history of a country that is both romantic and beautiful yet rarely at peace.

Two books offer rival understandings of Mussolini's regime, and the practice of history.

Did Scotland experience the Second World War in a distinctive way, or did it endure the conflict as part of the wider United Kingdom?

How climate change can help understand everything from the failure of centralised states to the accelerated spread of religion.

What do the bugged conversations of German prisoners of war reveal about Nazi Germany?

Though he has a starring role in War and Peace, Alexander I remains a shadowy figure.

Huge, noisy, stinky, overcrowded and unknowable in its vast, inhuman scale: life in 19th-century London.

The trial of two theatrical female impersonators in 1871 has long been seen as a watershed moment in the emergence in England of notions of gay identity.


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