Boydell Brewers banner

Volume 67 Issue 6 June 2017

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

Attempting to recover the human experience of Communism in the post-Soviet era, a Belarusian investigative journalist found pessimistic nostalgia in place of hope for the future. 

The challenges that Edward Gibbon faced remain much the same for historians today.

Kate Wiles on an illustrated map of the US responding to the Prohibition with puns.

Is it ahistorical for public figures to say sorry for events that took place before they were born? The issue cuts to the heart of the relationship between the living and the dead.

Unlike his grandfather Chinggis Khan, the Mongol ruler Hulegu Khan is little known in the West. But his destruction of two Islamic empires, as well as a failed attempt to forge an alliance with Christendom, gave him a notoriety that persists to this day. 

Underneath the sweeping history of the Russian Revolution is another story, one told through the lesser-known people, moments and objects of a world in transformation.

The civil war that resulted from the division of Nigeria was a major human disaster that should not be forgotten. 

During a period of European peace, Spain sought to establish control of the Mediterranean. Yet a disastrous attempt to oust the Ottomans from North Africa threatened to accelerate the westward advance of Islam. 

Foreign traders were attracted to the City of London by England’s prosperous trade in wool and cloth. They were not always made welcome. 

A Danish-German survey sought to unearth the roots of the Hebrew Bible in Arabia. It became the first to comprehend a new Islamic ideology, which now threatens the West. Mark Ronan

The real and mythical dangers of the wilderness.

Cromwell’s move on Jamaica transformed Britain’s early empire.

As the Industrial Revolution wrought widespread social changes, female cotton industry workers’ lives changed dramatically.

In the interwar period, France and Germany worked towards an integrated Europe.  

The country may resemble a paradise, but it has been a troubled one. 

The big idea behind this book is that the most important difference between Europe and the rest of the world, which led to the Industrial...

When the Scottish explorer John Dundas Cochrane visited the town of Tobolsk in the early 1820s, he found ‘very good society … and the strongest...

‘The menace is the woman who thinks she ought to be flying in a high-speed bomber when she really has not the intelligence to scrub the floor of a...

Biography is something we associate with ‘great figures’ of history: generals, politicians, writers, artists and reformers. Rarely is the form...

Bradford’s hardest-working pensioner, David Hockney, has teamed up with the critic and author Martin Gayford and their collaboration is presented...

John Rees’ new work on the Levellers is a different beast from the average academic monograph. While the core argument of Rees’ 2014 doctoral...

What is most striking about these two histories is the commonality of gay and lesbian experiences across notional divides of time and place and...