History Matters

By Jerome de Groot

A nation built on symbols and a clear sense of history, the US increasingly recognises that it cannot defend the continuing presence of these statues in public spaces.

By Amy Jeffs

The cult of saints affected everyone in medieval Europe. A voracious souvenir market was one of its consequences.  

By Avan Judd Stallard

The idea that the ancients believed in Antipodean lands to balance  the globe is a modern invention – and wrong. 

By Gary Sheffield

How did an evocatively named Flanders village become shorthand for a whole series of battles around the Belgian city of Ypres?

A new Alexander: The Death of Germanicus, by Nicolas Poussin, 1626/38. ©  akg-images

By Emma Southon

Accounts of the life of Germanicus are complex, fascinating and open to interpretation.

By Audrey Truschke

Laws against religious offence in India have altered the writing and understanding of the nation’s past.

Unstuck from the mud: volunteers rescue artworks in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, 1966. © Getty Images.

By Richard Ivan Jobs

Backpackers, travelling through Europe, forged a new wave of international collaboration.

By Emily Jones

The Conservatives are enduring a crisis of identity and purpose. Not for the first time, the work of the great 18th-century philosopher, Edmund Burke, is seen as offering a path to the party’s reinvention. 

By Rhys Griffiths

If Bolivia is so rich, why is it so poor? 

Tablet of Zimri-Lim, concerning the foundation of an ice-house in Terqa, 1780 BC. Now in the Louvre.

By Carly Silver

The bronze-age city of Mari was second only to Babylon, and the library of tablets it held offers rich insight into all aspects of an intricate political world.