Volume 65 Issue 4 April 2015

The man who killed Abraham Lincoln was shot dead on April 26th, 1865.

Possibly the most destructive volcanic eruption of all time occurred on April 10th, 1815.

The founder of the eponymous cosmetics company died on April 1st, 1965. 

Roger Hudson describes the bloody stalemate that followed the landing of Allied troops on the Turkish coast.

Robert Colls rises to the challenge of arguing the case for sports history as a serious academic subject, digging deep into its beginnings in the 1960s and winning with a wealth of scholarly works and skilled rhetoric.

Michael Everett takes issue with one of Mary C. Erler’s assumptions in her otherwise perceptive article from 2014 on Thomas Cromwell’s friendship with Abbess Margaret Vernon.

Hugh Gault charts the long-running debate over the privatisation of the Post Office amid rising competition and shifting political agendas.

Johann Weyer used his compassion and a pioneering approach to mental illness to oppose the witch-craze of early modern Europe.

In the precarious years that followed the Restoration of Charles II, the senior clergy of the Church of England navigated the country’s shifting politics at their peril. But high principles still had their place, as John Jolliffe explains.

Rhodesia’s white minority government declared unilateral independence from the UK in 1965, gaining covert support from France, Britain’s colonial rival in Africa, as Joanna Warson explains.

Isabella Tree explores the Kumaris, young girls chosen to be worshipped in Nepal by both Hindus and Buddhists as symbols of purity and makers of kings.

The painter Claude Monet spent his early twenties as a soldier in French North Africa, yet none of his works or writings from this period survive. Jeffrey Meyers pieces together a portrait of the artist as a young man.

James G. Clark investigates the destruction of western Europe's medieval heritage during the First World War, as churches and cathedrals became targets, and how it made people think anew about their nations's pasts.

A century ago, the Women’s Congress met with the aim of revolutionising a ravaged political landscape.

The increasing commercialisation of sites known for their gruesome and violent history raises troubling questions. But to ignore such events would be worse, argues Suzannah Lipscomb.

The early years of photography saw pioneering practitioners explore every facet of photography, pushing at the boundaries of communication and...

‘Who knows? Perhaps the true truth will never be known’, an Italian in a deckchair says to a girl on the beach who has asked him, ‘What is the...

The Brothers Grimm began collecting their tales at the start of the 19th century, taking them from existing books and manuscripts, transcribed...

Asa Briggs says he likes to think in threes. In the three years following his 90th birthday, the author of Victorian People,...

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Nervous energy makes him tick. He’s a health fanatic ... he...

Few developments signal the sunset on a ‘Golden Age’ like the creep of nostalgia: when the combined Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus...

The history of post-Risorgimento, post-Unification Italy has been much discussed, but relatively rarely has the history of the states...

‘In wartime’, Churchill remarked to Stalin during the Tehran conference of November 1943, ‘truth is so precious...

The publishers call this elegantly designed collection of medical illustrations before the advent of colour photography, ‘beautifully gruesome’....

In this engrossing book, Mark Hailwood opens the doors on one of the least understood institutions in the history of British drinking. Charting...

The emperor Commodus was immortalised in the film Gladiator as an unstable and insecure ruler who fought in the arena to win the...

Have you ever experienced a pain that felt like a ‘toothache about six inches long in the hip’? Or one that tortured you ‘like a demand from Her...