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In this issue:

  • Kroomen: the sailors who fought against slavery
  • POW Camp: the female impersonators
  • In Cod We Trust: Newfoundland's British nomads
  • The best history books of 2017
  • National Gallery: Jamaica
  • Plus: On the Spot with Michael Burleigh, pornography in literature and history on television.

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Selected articles from this issue

Public Domain,

By History Today

From ancient Greece to the Second World War, from the papacy to the Antichrist, from Byzantium to China and the story of the Jewish people, historians select their favourite books of the past year.

By Alexander Lee

As the sounds of the world rattled into the future, so, too, did art and music.

By Paul Lay

Is it possible to use the past to predict the future?  

By Suzannah Lipscomb

In a diverse field, expertise should remain at the heart of history on television.

By Kate Wiles

An expedition route map produced by Stuart William Hughes Rawlins.

By History Today

We ask 20 questions of leading historians on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors …

By Philip E.L. Smith

Newfoundland was England’s first overseas colony, but its settlement did not follow the usual patterns: its communities were nomadic, moving around the island with the seasons.

By June Purvis

Winning the vote meant millions of women needed a party to represent them in Parliament. Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst founded one, with limited success.

By Clare Makepeace

In the POW camps of the Second World War, soldiers found release – from the conditions and from the all-male company – in female impersonation.

By John Broich

Fiercely independent, highly skilled sailors, the Kroomen of Sierra Leone forged an alliance with the Royal Navy to rid the African coasts of slavers.