History Today

Pirates captured by an increasingly powerful British state were routinely executed. But what happened to the families they left behind?

The chance survival of a ‘postbag’ of letters reveals a lost world of merchants, pilgrims, bankers and scholars.

‘Word blindness’ was a recognised condition more than a century ago. But it was not until the 1970s that it began to be accepted by the medical establishment.

Though much of the West has withdrawn from empire, one of the world’s rising powers offers the latest twist on imperialism.  

Sexual exploitation by powerful men has a long history. Will it ever end?

Historians set great store by what people heard in the past, but what about those things they misheard? 

A map of the Japanese city from the Edo period was one of the earliest produced for general use. 

Gerald Brooke’s time in a Soviet prison was a pivotal moment in Cold War espionage.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus was at the heart of daring interwar Paris, where she used her influence to defend those left behind by ‘progress’.