Volume 67 Issue 11 November 2017

The nature of warfare is constantly changing. So are the challenges that composers face in depicting the sound and struggle of battle.

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

The path to democracy is a long one. It should not be taken for granted.

It is tempting to adopt a black-and-white view of the past, but history is complex and should be judged on its own merits.

The foundations of modern India were laid by the British governor-general, Warren Hastings. But he paid a heavy personal price.

There is beauty to be had from the smallest of objects. In the 18th century, tweezers, toothpicks and clippers became the signs of a polite, and beautiful, society.

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

Marie Skłodowska Curie, the world’s most famous female physicist, was born 150 years ago, on 7 November 1867. Although her legacy is assured, in her lifetime she was a controversial figure.

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

An embattled emperor offered guidance to his successors in the shape of a ‘mirror for princes’.

Hospital or home birth has rarely been a simple choice.

The inventor of the saxotromba, saxhorn, saxtuba and saxophone was born on 6 November 1814.

Oral history breathes fresh life into a deadly battle of the Second World War.
 

A history of the Korean peninsula beyond the north-south divide. 

The division of migrants into those who are of benefit to British society and those who are not has a long history.

At first glance, the Ackers and Reid volume comes as a bit of a surprise. First, the cover is a surprise, because a painting of women climbing out...

The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was one of the great military disasters of the First World War. The initial plan was to send a flotilla of old...

With his Four Princes, John Julius Norwich uses four great rulers, each of whom was outsize in his own way, to cast light on their age...

The stories we tell define who we are as individuals and as a society, without which we struggle to understand ourselves. This is the central...

‘Oh, the novel jokes of the merry muse of history’, wrote Nikolai Sukhanov to describe the events of October 1917 in Russia. That the Bolsheviks...