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History Matters

Troubled waters: The last of England, by Ford Madox Brown, 1860. Ⓒ Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge/Bridgeman Images

By Gill Hoffs

Seeking a new life when poverty forced them from their homes, Victorian emigrants were at the mercy of others.

Raw memories: detail from the Holodomor memorial, Kyiv. Ⓒ Tibor Bognar / Alamy

By Suzannah Lipscomb

The maxim ‘show don’t tell’ is often forgotten when film-makers confront historical horrors, argues Suzannah Lipscomb, as two recent cinema releases demonstrate.

By Frank Furedi

The ideas set out by Martin Luther sparked a reformation in the idea of authority itself. 

By Paul Lay

Ⓒ Alamy

By Rhys Griffiths

Shopping at the Temple of the Muses in a print by Rudolph Ackermann from 1809.

By Robert Greer

How did bookselling develop from the preserve of the elite to the Amazon marketplace? It is due, in large part, to the actions of one man. 

By Rebecca Simon

American history has always been decided by its people, as England learned when it attempted to impose harsh trade restrictions on its new colony in the 17th century. 

By Rachel Wilson

The 18th century saw many royal deaths, all of which had to be mourned. The effect was felt in every part of life.

A 1653 account of his West Indian voyage. Courtesy University of California Libraries

By Sara Bradley

Drake’s exploits in the New World made him perfect material for the English gutter press and a figurehead for rising Hispanophobia.

By Steven King

British systems of welfare and adult social care are not so different from aspects of the traditional Poor Laws.