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EDITOR'S CHOICE

Mihir Bose discusses the paradox that India, a land of history, has a surprisingly weak tradition of historiography.

Liz James celebrates the Eastern Empire’s artistic heritage and its pivotal role in shaping Europe and the Islamic world of the Middle Ages.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Supreme stylist, polymath, linguist and scourge of specialisation, Hugh Trevor-Roper, whose centenary falls this month, continues to divide opinions. Blair Worden considers his life and legacy.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

Since the completion of the Marxist historian’s trilogy in 1987, history has changed, but in what ways?

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

As commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War get underway, Stephen Cooper offers an overview of the often fierce debate among British historians about the conduct and course of the conflict over the last hundred years.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Andrew Lycett untangles the complex story of how the West’s involvement in Middle Eastern affairs has been interpreted by historians.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

Almost 50 years after his death, Churchill continues to fascinate historians, says Roland Quinault.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

The indiscriminate use of ‘Nazi’ to describe anything to do with German institutions and policies during Hitler’s dictatorship creates a false historical understanding, says Richard Overy.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

As a new translation of the writings of the‘father of history’ is published, Paul Cartledge looks at the methods of enquiry that make the Greek master such a crucial influence on historians today.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Stephen Cooper argues that we should resist using ‘medieval’ as another word for backward. The 15th century, in particular, was a time of remarkable progress and enlightenment.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The earliest explorers to uncover the ancient Maya civilisation in Central America could not believe that it owed its creation to the indigenous population, whom they saw as incapable savages. Nigel Richardson explains how this view changed.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The relationship between an ‘unquiet past’ and the concerns of the present has been a key feature of recent engagements with the Spanish Civil War, as Mary Vincent explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

The study of the religious upheavals that took place in England during the 16th and 17th centuries has proved one of the most provocative areas of recent scholarship. Alec Ryrie looks at some of the key works of recent years.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Carol Dyhouse questions some of the assertions made by John Gardiner in his 1999 article about the Victorians.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Jonathan Conlin considers a 1990 article on the past, present and future of history broadcasting, whose pessimistic forecasts have not quite come to pass.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Peter Mandler explains how the anthropologist Margaret Mead, author of best-selling studies of ‘primitive’ peoples, became a major influence on US military thinking during the Second World War.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Growing nationalism in the UK’s constituent countries threatens the study of Celtic languages and history, argues Elizabeth Boyle.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Over the next four issues we will be looking at the history of the British Isles by examining its former and present constituent parts – Wales, Scotland, Ireland and, finally, England. This month Hywel Williams writes about Wales.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Gillian Tindall reflects on a recent discovery by a Dickens scholar, which offers new insights into the great writer’s early years.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

Tom Holland argues that the return of religion and the West’s current obsession with decline make Roy Porter’s profile of Edward Gibbon, first published in History Today in 1986, curiously dated.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Jerome de Groot wades through the swathes of warriors landing on his desk to give us a round-up of the best battle-laden historical fiction for this year.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Blair Worden revisits Hugh Trevor-Roper’s essay on the radicalism of the Puritan gentry, a typically stylish and ambitious contribution to a fierce controversy.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

A public spat between a historian and a writer shows why some subject matter deserves special reverence, says Tim Stanley.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Simon Heffer argues that until relatively recently most historians have been biased in their efforts to harness the past to contemporary concerns.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

The romantic ‘braveheart’ image of Scotland’s past lives on. But, as Christopher A. Whatley shows, a more nuanced ‘portrait of the nation’ is emerging, one that explores the political and religious complexities of Jacobitism and its enduring myth-making power.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

In recent decades few fields of historical inquiry have produced as rich a body of work as the British Civil Wars. Sarah Mortimer offers a guide to the latest scholarship.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Global history has become a vigorous field in recent years, examining all parts of the empires of Europe and Asia and moving beyond the confines of ‘top-down’ diplomatic history, as Peter Mandler explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Julia Lovell reappraises Leslie Marchant’s article on the Opium Wars, first published in History Today in 2002.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

In writing a young person’s history of Britain Patrick Dillon found himself wondering where myth ends and history begins.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Writing her first historical novel has raised some unexpected challenges for the historian Stella Tillyard.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Chris Wickham revisits an article by J.B.Morrall, first published in History Today in 1959, on the strange, shortlived emperor who in the tenth century sought to rule the lands we now call Germany and Italy.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

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