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In early 1907 the peasants of Romania rose up against feudal laws, wealthy landowners and the agents who kept them living in penury and servitude. Markus Bauer ...

The opening battle of the First World War was won by the Bank of England before the British had so much as fired a shot.

Volume: 64 Issue: 10 2014

Some commentators predict that the 21st century will be the ‘Asian century’, marking a significant shift in power from West to East. If so, it will not be so different from the global order of the 19th century, says Thomas DuBois.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Marilyn V. Longmuir looks at the historical background to the Burmese obsession with pristine bank notes.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

Benn Steil argues that John Maynard Keynes had an astute grasp of Britain’s debt situation in 1944 and how it might recover from ‘financial Dunkirk’. Yet his arrogance and ineptitude in negotiating with the Americans at Bretton Woods cost Britain dear and has had repercussions to this day.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

As the Eurozone countries wrestle with the fate of the single currency, Mark Ronan discovers parallels in Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Britain’s recent disputes with the European Union are part of a
long historical narrative, argues James Ellison – but it is not the whole story.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Mayer Amschel Rothschild died on September 19th 1812.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

The successful Broadway run of The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall’s drama set in a north-east mining community, has introduced US audiences to a remarkable chapter in British working-class life, writes  Robert Colls.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Richard Cavendish explains how Europe's earliest modern-style banknotes were introduced by the Bank of Stockholm in the 17th century.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

In the late 18th century the merchants, manufacturers and traders of Liverpool founded one of the first chambers of commerce in Britain with the aim of promoting the local economy. Bob Bennett looks at early parallels with the Coalition government’s plans for local partnerships.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

The poor economic record of Greece goes back a very long way, says Matthew Lynn.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Despite numerous attempts by radicals to reform the calendar, it is usually commerce that decides the way we measure time, as Matthew Shaw explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

The great trading companies that originated in early modern Europe are often seen as pioneers of western imperialism. The Levant Company was different, argues James Mather.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

While industrialists in Manchester were busily engaged in developing the factory system, investors in London were applying its principles to the capital’s old pubs. The result was a coldly efficient business model. Jessica Warner explains how it worked and why it failed.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

Early 17th century England saw the emergence of pirates, much romanticised creatures whose lives were often nasty, brutish and short. Adrian Tinniswood examines one such career.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

Ian Friel argues that popular ideas of the nature of Elizabethan seapower are distorted by concentration on big names and major events. Elizabethan England’s emergence on to the world stage owed much more to merchant ships and common seamen than we might think.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2010

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones recalls the Victorian economist who helped resolve the financial crisis in India after the Mutiny of 1857.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Vincent Barnett welcomes a new introductory text on the most important modern British economist.

Issue: 66 2010

Once the classical world’s dominant port, by the early 19th century the city founded by Alexander the Great was seemingly in terminal decline. But the energy and vision of the Ottoman governor Muhammad Ali restored its fortunes and, ultimately, set Egypt on the path to independence, as Philip Mansel explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

In early 1907 the peasants of Romania rose up against feudal laws, wealthy landowners and the agents who kept them living in penury and servitude. Markus Bauer discusses the legacy of an 'unbelievable bloodbath'.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

At the height of the Roman Empire, hundreds of merchant ships left Egypt every year to voyage through the Red Sea into the Indian Ocean, exchanging the produce of the Mediterranean for exotic eastern commodities. Raoul McLaughlin traces their pioneering journeys. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Geoff Coyle revisits an article by Chris Wrigley, first published in History Today in 1984, examining the mining dispute of 1926,which developed into Britain’s first and, to date, only general strike.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

The farthing ceased to be legal tender on December 31st, 1960.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

The first Pony Express riders set off on April 3rd, 1860. Richard Cavendish charts its history.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

In the wake of the credit crunch, Dan Jones looks at past episodes of runaway greed and the moral lessons learnt.

Volume: 59 Issue: 8 2009

Already rocked by defeats in the War of the Spanish Succession, Louis XIV’s France faced economic meltdown as the chaotic nature of its finances became apparent. Guy Rowlands discovers striking parallels with the current credit crunch as he charts the crisis that was to lead, ultimately, to the French Revolution.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

As the Roman Empire declined its leaders became interested more in personal survival than good governance. Sound familiar? Adrian Goldsworthy draws comparisons with current crises.

Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009
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Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

In the 13th century a remarkable trading block was formed in northern Europe. Stephen Halliday explains how the Hanseatic League prospered for 300 years before the rise of the nation state led to its dissolution.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009
Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

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