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The chain of events that led to the rule of Saddam Hussein began with the murder on July 14th, 1958 of the 23-year-old King Faisal. Antony Hornyold was a junior diplomat at the British embassy in...

Sarah Gristwood considers some earlier female MPs who might have given Mrs Thatcher a run for her money.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Mihir Bose recalls a classic case highlighting the problems with Britain’s antiquated libel laws.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The term ‘Cobbett and Hunt’ was shorthand for radical politics in the early 19th century, but the petty hatred that developed between the two men had a devastating effect on the outcome of the 1832 Reform Act, says Penny Young.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

President Obama has more in common with Dwight D. Eisenhower than any other of his predecessors, says Michael Burleigh.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Philip Baker considers the lasting impact of the Levellers’ famous efforts to reform the English state in the aftermath of the Civil Wars by means of written agreements guaranteeing the sovereignty of the people.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

The wedding of Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V took place on February 14th 1613.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Stephen Bates on the divisions that split Peel’s Tory administration in the mid-1840s, resonant of splits in the Conservative Party today.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The 19th-century view from Albion of the shortcomings of the US Constitution was remarkably astute, says Frank Prochaska.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Frederick the Great, the man who made Prussia a leading European power, was born on January 24th, 1712.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

Chris Millington says we shouldn’t be surprised by the Front national’s show of strength in the recent French elections.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

For centuries King John has been regarded as the embodiment of an evil ruler. But, says Graham E. Seel, this image is largely the creation of monastic chroniclers with an axe to grind. A close examination of contemporary records reveals a more nuanced character.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

The poets Gerard Manley Hopkins and Coventry Patmore both subscribed to a Tory world view, fiercely opposing the reforms of Prime Minister Gladstone. But their correspondence reveals two very different personalities, says Gerald Roberts.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

The chain of events that led to the rule of Saddam Hussein began with the murder on July 14th, 1958 of the 23-year-old King Faisal. Antony Hornyold was a junior diplomat at the British embassy in Baghdad at the time.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

In our final round up of histories of the nations that make up the British Isles – or, if you prefer, the Atlantic Archipelago – Maria Luddy examines an event which shaped 20th-century Ireland, the 1916 Dublin Easter Rising.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

The election for London Mayor took place on May 3rd, marked by the bitter rivalry between the present incumbent Boris Johnson and his predecessor Ken Livingstone. But, says Penelope J. Corfield, it’s just another chapter in London’s long electoral history.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

Russ Foster introduces one of Britain's least understood premiers.

Issue: 72 2012

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a Mormon, which is a problem for some voters. But, says Andrew Preston, so was the Catholicism of John F. Kennedy and it did not stop him winning the 1960 election.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Robert Pearce considers why Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979.

Issue: 72 2012

Otto I was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope John XII on February 2nd 962.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Nigel Jones traces the chequered history of European referendums and asks why they appeal as much to dictators as to democrats.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

The only British Prime Minister to be assassinated whilst in office was murdered on May 11th, 1812.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

Decadent, effeminate, outdated, the image of the Cavalier remains that of his enemies, victorious in the Civil Wars. John Stubbs offers a rather more complex corrective view.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Gordon Marsden revisits Henry Fairlie's prescient obituary of Aneurin Bevan, first published in History Today in October 1960.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Graham Goodlad examines the role of Britain's postwar Labour government in the early stages of the Cold War.

Issue: 69 2011

The leading Victorian radical and Liberal politician John Bright was born on November 16th 1811.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Jacqueline Riding examines how a 19th-century painting, created almost 150 years after the Jacobite defeat at Culloden, has come to dominate the iconography of that event.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Stephen Alford admires a perceptive article on Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s ally and consummate political fixer, by the distinguished Tudor historian Joel Hurstfield, first published in the 1956 volume of History Today.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Simon Lemiuex asks why the Unionists dominated British politics between 1886 and 1906.

Issue: 69 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers the assassination of Caliph Ali, on January 24th, 661.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

Few figures in British political history have endured such lingering hostility as the statesman who did so much to forge Europe’s post-Napoleonic settlement, says John Bew.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

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