History Today

The female Lawrence of Arabia, the woman who made Iraq, the uncrowned queen of the desert: there have been many attempts to encapsulate the...

The author was born on July 28th, 1866.

The medievalist Wilhelm Levison was a living embodiment of the deep links between Britain, Germany and a wider Europe.

Few leaders have published as much and eliminated more people than Enver Hoxha, Albania’s dictator from 1944 to 1985. Hoxha published on a...

After the UK voted to leave Europe, Northern Ireland’s fragile relationship with both its past and its neighbour is once again to the fore.

The news pioneer was born on July 21st, 1816.

The teeming metropolis that is host to this year’s Olympic Games was once an undeveloped natural bay which became the site of a European battle for the New World. David Gelber on how Portugal and France fought for control of Rio de Janeiro. 

Kate Wiles surveys one of the world's oldest surviving maps, prepared for a quarrying expedition led by Ramesses IV.

Jonathan Conlin considers the life and thought of Adam Smith, father of modern economics, and the competing claims for his legacy. 

Stephanie Barczewski ponders the paradox that, in history, it seems that the worse a failure is, the more the British like it.