Volume 67 Issue 12 December 2017

The patron saint of children and barrel-makers died on 6 December 343. 

From ancient Greece to the Second World War, from the papacy to the Antichrist, from Byzantium to China and the story of the Jewish people, historians select their favourite books of the past year.

As the sounds of the world rattled into the future, so, too, did art and music.

Is it possible to use the past to predict the future?  

In a diverse field, expertise should remain at the heart of history on television.

An expedition route map produced by Stuart William Hughes Rawlins.

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

Newfoundland was England’s first overseas colony, but its settlement did not follow the usual patterns: its communities were nomadic, moving around the island with the seasons.

Winning the vote meant millions of women needed a party to represent them in Parliament. Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst founded one, with limited success.

In the POW camps of the Second World War, soldiers found release – from the conditions and from the all-male company – in female impersonation.

Fiercely independent, highly skilled sailors, the Kroomen of Sierra Leone forged an alliance with the Royal Navy to rid the African coasts of slavers.

As the world’s refugee crisis is once again bringing the challenges of mass encampment to Europe, the camps of Britain’s recent past could serve as a warning to today’s politicians.

A new old take on the Danish succession, complete with tales of derring do.

From slavery, sugar and the worst of western colonialism to reggae and Rastafari.

Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s artworks fill in the gaps that history leaves behind.

The Parisian pornographer who modernised literature.

Dealing with debt in the Roman Empire.

Every generation feels that it is moving on the uncharted frontier of time and historians, too, are subject to this insecurity. However, it is...

Not long after my abang [brother] had been taken away, my father and mother heard the sound of gunfire, around 10 pm.


Sugar is not a sweet subject, argues James Walvin. His new book offers a convincing, deep history of this (in)famous product. It is also full of...