History Matters

The Northwest Passage as it appeared on August 31, 2015. Courtesy NASA.

By Jeremy McCoy

Since the 1950s, the question of who owns the Northwest Passage has been a contentious one. With Donald Trump in the White House, the debate over sovereignty is likely to heat up.

Image of Sir Thomas Browne, courtesy of the the Royal College of Physicians

By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

How Thomas Browne did battle with fake news in the 17th century.

Nardendra Modi in 2014.

By Priyanka Menon

Attempts to control the spread of bank note forgery in India have proven ineffective and dangerous.

A hat with the words "Make America Great Again".

By Rhys Jones

When Joe Biden said ‘God save the Queen’, was he heralding the end of the republic?

Churchill in 1941

By Alan Watson

Churchill’s vision of Britain’s role in the world may provide the key to Brexit.

Illustration for the 1516 first edition of Utopia.

By Boyd Tonkin

Thomas More's journey to Utopia.

First collected edition of Hudibras by Samuel Butler, 1674–1678

By Ted Vallance

The suggestion by British politician Sajid Javid that public servants should take an oath of loyalty suggests we are living through a period of political and religious crisis. Edward Vallance examines the historical parallels. 

The worst? The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c.1562

By History Today

What our online audience has enjoyed this past year.

A scene from Six Wives with Lucy Worsley

By Paul Lay

History on television is long overdue a radical rethink.

By Dean Nicholas

A Buenos Aires building whose architecture is inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, representing Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.