History Today

An ethnically diverse country of kingdoms. 

A 17th century map by the founder of lunar topography Johananes Hevelius.

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

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a revolution in Chinese forensic science, when traditional techniques were replaced by new methods from the West. Today, the world confronts another moment of transformation in forensic science.

Famine years – when the grain harvest failed and hunger stalked the land – were an all-too-frequent event in England before the nineteenth-century...

Modern Britain is dominated economically, culturally and politically by London, its capital city. It was not always the way, as an examination of medieval texts reveals.

Wild yet chaste, impudent and ageless, Sarah Bernhardt was inescapably Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, ‘the most splendid creation’.

Where does historical fiction end and ‘proper’ history begin?

Alexander Kerensky, the last Russian premier before the Bolsheviks took power, decided to continue the war with Germany. He and his country would pay the price.

The work of military nurses at Passchendaele transformed the perception of women’s war service, showing they could perform life-saving work and risk their lives at the front.