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By S. Frederick Starr

Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study – as S. Frederick Starr explains.

England, arise is an accessible book, but not one that simplifies the issues or patronises the reader in an...

Years ago I read, in Margaret Llewellyn Davies’ collection of letters by Women’s Co-operative...

The latest book from Judith Flanders...

Second-hand books don’t just tell the stories of their authors but of their former owners, too.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that ‘money often costs too much’, a sentiment that would have rung true to governing politicians in the early years...

This is the best history yet written of a British institution. Like Panayi’s earlier work, Spicing Up Britain: The Multicultural History of...

Daniel Beer reassesses W. Bruce Lincoln’s 1976 study of Tsar Alexander III’s brief reign, which combined reaction with rapid industrialisation and left a troubling legacy for his successors.

The Ancient Greek gymnasion was a place to perfect the body for future festivals rather than somewhere to assuage the guilt of excess.

Anna Whitelock’s lively and engaging history begins when Elizabeth is a 13-year-old princess...

The appalling treatment of women and girls by the soldiers of Islamic State and other jihadist groups raises troubling questions about the historical relationship between military conflict and sexual violence.

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