Paul Lay

History on television is long overdue a radical rethink.

The relentless scramble for dubious parallels reveals worrying levels of historical illiteracy.

The events of 2016 may seem bleak, but the study of history offers some context for those who believe we are living through the worst of times. 

A more nuanced conversation among historians of multiple perspectives might have improved the level of debate.

The great French statesman had a robust view of Britain's place in Europe.

It is crucial that historians maintain their fundamental maxim: ‘It is a bit more complicated than that.’

Paul Lay remembers the social historian and History Today contributor, who died this week.

Buoyed by being on the right side of history in the Second World War, Britain tends to be neglectful of its own 20th-century excesses.

Why did the French Revolution happen in France and not comparable countries such as Britain or Spain?

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