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John Geipel on how the enforced diaspora of the slave trade shaped South America’s largest nation.

In the first of a new series looking at ways in which women have challenged the orthodoxies of their times, Amanda Foreman tells the story of the Stuart courtier, Frances, Countess of Essex.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

Tim Pat Coogan points the finger of blame for the Great Famine at ministers in Lord Russell’s government, which came to power in 1846, and sees echoes of the disaster in the Republic’s current economic plight.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Seth Alexander Thévoz looks at how Victorian clubs in London’s West End played a role in oiling the nation’s political wheels.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Deborah Cohen opens the archives of the Scottish Marriage Guidance Council, founded in 1946, and finds that couples in the postwar years were more than happy to air their dirty linen.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Jerome Carson and Elizabeth Wakely explore the mental illnesses suffered by some famous historical figures and consider the impact on their lives and achievements.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Guy Atkins explains what made the postcard such an extraordinary and successful phenomenon of the early 20th century and draws parallels with today’s social media.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Jeremy Black considers Hanoverian precedents for the wayward behaviour of royal younger brothers.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Binge drinking is seen as a British disease, but its causes are complex and politicians intrude at their peril, says Tim Stanley.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

Robert Colls asks what British identity is - and what it is not.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Robin Whitlock asks if studies of the decline of societies such as that of Easter Island can shed light on contemporary concerns.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Jos Damen tells the stories of two unusual men who lived a century apart in the Dutch colony at Elmina in West Africa; a poet who became a tax inspector and a former slave who argued that slavery did not contradict ideas of Christian freedom.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

England has been conflated with Britain for so long that unravelling English history from that of its Celtic neighbours is a difficult task. Paul Lay considers recent histories of England and its people.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

As the debate continues on the causes of last summer’s English Riots, Michael Roberts examines previous attempts by reformers to address moral malaise and social breakdown.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Jane Everson highlights the social networks of the Italian academies, the first of their kind in Renaissance Europe.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 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

Richard Cavendish remembers the royal favourite who died on June 19th, 1312.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Judith Flanders applauds Jerry White’s analysis of poverty in North London, first published in History Today in 1981.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Sarah Wise admires an assessment of lunacy in 19th-century London.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

The year 1812 was a turning point in the career of the industrialist Robert Owen. Ian Donnachie examines his Essays on a New View of Society, in which Owen first aired the ideas about popular education and workers’ welfare that would make him famous as a reformer.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Since the 1980s the American family has evolved towards greater diversity and complexity. Yet, paradoxically, it is the essentially conservative nuclear family forged in the 1950s that continues to hold sway as a touchstone in US politics and culture, says Tim Stanley.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Patricia Cleveland-Peck tells the story of Fanny Calderón de la Barca and her life as an author, ambassador’s wife and governess to the Spanish royal family.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

The fools of the early Tudor court were likely to have been people with learning disabilities as a new project demonstrates, says Suzannah Lipscomb.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

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

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Despite the popularity of shows like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Britain’s Gypsy Travellers still face longstanding prejudice, warns Becky Taylor.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

The successful Broadway run of The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall’s drama set in a north-east mining community, has introduced US audiences to a remarkable chapter in British working-class life, writes  Robert Colls.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Medieval knights were the sporting superstars and military heroes of their day, who performed before an adoring public in the tournament. Nigel Saul explains their appeal.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

Andrew Boxer demonstrates the ways in which external events affected the struggles of African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s.

Issue: 70 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers Ivan Pavlov who died on February 27th, 1936. Pavlov won the Nobel Prize for physiology in 1904.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

In writing a young person’s history of Britain Patrick Dillon found himself wondering where myth ends and history begins.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

In the interests of historical research Lucy Worsley adopted the dental hygiene habits of previous centuries.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

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