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John Mason describes the convoluted way in which Hungary has publicly celebrated its history through all the vicissitudes of its recent past.

Seventy years ago this month a Nazi train was stopped by resisters as it travelled from Flanders to Auschwitz. Althea Williams tells the story of a survivor.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Harriet Tuckey’s relationship with her father was a difficult one. Only at the end of his life did she realise the importance of the contribution he had made to the most celebrated of all mountaineering expeditions.   

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

When major political figures die, history is put on hold and the simplicities of myth take over, argues Tim Stanley.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

As the democratic franchise expanded in the 19th century, British historians were eager to offer an informed view of the past to the new electorate. We need similar initiatives today, argues John Tosh.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

As a boy growing up in Munich Edgar Feuchtwanger witnessed the rise of Germany’s dictator at extraordinarily close range.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Greg Carleton explains how disastrous defeats for the Soviet Union and the US in 1941 were transformed into positive national narratives by the two emerging superpowers.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Asa Briggs has been associated with History Today from its beginning. In an interview to celebrate our 60th anniversary, he tells Paul Lay about his involvement with it, his new book on his days as a cryptographer and his passion for Blackpool.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

As China reclaims its central role in the world, Robert Bickers appeals to Britons and others in the West to take account of the legacy left by the country’s difficult 19th century.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

The anti-government protests in Egypt earlier this year swept through Cairo and Alexandria before measures could be taken to protect antiquities in museums and archaeological sites in those cities and across the country. Yet, argues Jonathan Downs, the impact on Egyptian heritage and the repatriation debate has been a positive one.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

Tim Grady on postwar Germany’s attempts to remember the contribution made by its Jewish combatants in the First World War.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Inspired by the discovery of the frozen bodies of three soldiers of the First World War, Peter Englund considers the ways we remember and write about a conflict of which there are now no survivors left.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

The desire of western governments, most notably those of Britain, to apologise for the actions of their predecessors threatens to simplify the complexities of history, argues Tim Stanley.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

It is a deeply unfashionable thing to ask, says Tim Stanley, but might a nation's history be affected by the character of its people?

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

It is the responsibility of parents and politicians to define and pass on a nation's values and identity, argues Tim Stanley. Historians and teachers of history should be left alone to get on with their work.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Since the end of the Cold War there has been a marked increase in accounts of the past made by those considered to have been on the ‘losing side’ of history. But, warns Jeremy Black, we should all be wary of the forces such histories can unleash.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Richard Bosworth looks at the Vittoriano, the Italian capital’s century-old monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Italian unification and still the focus of competing claims over the country’s history and national identity.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

Stella Rock sees a renaissance of religious traditions at what was one of Russia’s most vibrant monasteries before the Soviet purge.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Twenty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall Martin Evans introduces a short series looking at changing attitudes to history in the former Communist states.

Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009

The Mongolian past has been drawn by both sides into twentieth-century disputes between Russia and China, writes J.J. Saunders.


Kathryn Hadley discusses the fate of several villages destroyed in the First World War, now on military territory usually inaccessible to the public.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

Richard Wilkinson questions the motives of important historical figures, and of historians writing about them.

Issue: 62 2008

Susan-Mary Grant argues that the cult of the fallen soldier has its origins at Gettysburg and other battlefield monuments of the American Civil War.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

David Anderson looks at the contentious issues raised as Kenya comes to terms with the colonial past.

Volume: 55 Issue: 2 2005

Winston Churchill wrote history with an eye to his eventual place in it, David Reynolds tells us. His idea of history also inspired his making of it.

Volume: 55 Issue: 2 2005

Mussolini casts a long shadow. R J.B. Bosworth describes how Italians of both the left and the right have used memories of his long dictatorship to underpin their own versions of history and politics.

Volume: 55 Issue: 11 2005

Richard English argues that historians have a practical and constructive role to play in today’s Ulster.

Volume: 54 Issue: 7 2004

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Finland, Matthew Kirk, describes the impact of the Crimean War on that country and how it is being commemorated.

Volume: 54 Issue: 8 2004

Is it history or fiction? Is it better than both, or worse than either? Robert Pearce wrestles with these questions.

Issue: 49 2004

The article that follows comes from True to Both My Selves, Katrin Fitzherbert's prize-winning history of her Anglo-German family. Spanning a century and two world wars, the book centres on three generations of women who each lived part of their lives as Germans and part as Britons, depending on the state of politics between the two countries.

Issue: 42 2002

James Walvin reviews current ideas about the vast network of slavery that shaped British and world history for more than two centuries.

Volume: 52 Issue: 3 2002

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