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The True Herod

Herod the Great is remembered as one of history’s bogeymen: the paranoid king of Matthew’s Gospel, scared of anyone usurping his rule. On hearing from Magi and priests about the future Messiah’s birth in Bethlehem, he has every child aged two years old and under slaughtered. Herod casts an ominous shadow over the nativity stories seen in primary schools, a pantomime villain.Read more »
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The Aesthetics of Loss

In August 1932 the German artist Käthe Kollwitz was present at the unveiling of the war memorial she had designed at the German war cemetery in Eesen Roggeveld in Belgium. In itself this was not remarkable, as in the years following the First World War thousands of memorials to the dead and missing were erected in the cemeteries, battlefields, villages, towns and cities of Europe, as societies profoundly affected by the mass loss of life during the war attempted to mark it.Read more »
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Interactive Map Offers Global View of the First World War

Click image to launch mapA new interactive map launched today by The National Archives shows the global reach of the First World War, highlighting key people and places often overlooked when considering the history of the conflict.

Dean Nicholas is the digital manager at History Today and a former editor at Londonist.

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Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Elizabeth I embraced an important truth that had evaded her father and her siblings: no ruler can dictate his/her subject’s beliefs. What she could, and did, demand was their loyalty. However, as Richard Hooker pointed out, since the Kingdom of England and the Church of England were the same thing viewed from different angles, politics and religion could not be conveniently compartmentalised. Thus, convinced Catholics and Puritans found themselves at odds with the Elizabethan Settlement.Read more »
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The Great War: A Conflict From Another World

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has raised a number of questions, many of them seeking the answer of who should bear ultimate responsibility for the carnage that followed. But another kind of question arose at one of the first of a number of public Great War debates I have attended this year, held in February at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall.

Paul Lay is the editor of History Today. He is the author of a book on the late Protectorate.

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Britain, France, and their Roads from Empire

In October 1959 General Charles de Gaulle told his Minister of Information Alain Peyrefitte: ‘We have premised our colonisation since the beginning on the principle of assimilation. We pretended to turn negroes into good Frenchmen. We had them recite, “The Gauls were our ancestors” … [That] was not very bright. That is why our decolonisation is so much more difficult than that of the English. They always admitted that there were differences between races and cultures.’

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