History Matters

The deck of battleship Sevastopol, c.1909.

By Mungo Melvin

Sevastopol, Russia’s principal warm-water naval base on the Black Sea, was not immune to the spread of revolutionary sentiment in 1917.

By Misha Ewen

Those English women who travelled to the new colony of Jamestown in search of marriage and a new life were neither groomed nor coerced. The same cannot be said of their African counterparts. 

Jewish girls in Alexandria during Bat Mitzva, 1950s-60s.

By Haythem Bastawy

Tensions in the early 20th century resulted in the Second Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Although many left or converted, a great many more remain, either forgotten or hiding.

Emma receives the Encomium from its author, flanked by Harthacnut and Edward, 11th century (c) British Library Board/Bridgeman Images

By Eleanor Parker

In commissioning her biography, Emma, wife to two kings of England, created a subtle yet audacious piece of propaganda, used to maintain her position and secure her reputation.

View of one of the towers of the Temple of Bayon, Angkor Thom, Cambodia, 12th century.

By Rhys Griffiths

The first in a new series exploring the history of a country in pictures begins with Cambodia. 

Guernica by Pablo Picasso (1937).

By Danny Bird

Eighty years after its creation, one of the 20th-century’s most enduring artworks warns us against the danger of ‘alternative facts’.

Fallen from grace: Anne  Boleyn, by Hans Holbein the Younger, c.1533-36.  Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2017/Bridgeman Images

By Andy Holroyde

In his pursuit of Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell was guided by a prophecy foretelling treason.

The king’s property: a slave  market, by Yahya ibn Al-Wasiti  from Al Maqamat, ‘The Meetings’,  by Al-Hariri, 13th-century Iraq. Ms Ar 5847 f.105  © Bibliothèque Nationale/Bridgeman Images.

By Johan MacKechnie

The changing shape of the slave trade in the medieval Mediterranean.

One among many: the Chevalier d’Eon, by Thomas Stewart,  18th century.  © Bridgeman Images;

By Christine Burns

Writing a history of transgender people poses unique problems.

Fighting back: Newsweek employees hold a press conference in New York with lawyer Eleanor Holmes Norton to announce their suit under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, March 16th, 1970. © Bettmann/Getty Images

By Marama Whyte

New US equality laws in the 1960s meant a revolution in journalism, as the women of the press fought for their place.