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Volume 67 Issue 10 October 2017

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

The past can seem like a timeline of horrors. But might it also remind us of our own failings – and help to put them right?

Understanding the period and context in which a piece of music was created can offer great rewards for the listener.

The First World War ensured the success of the Russian Revolution. Peace would have strangled it at birth. 

An early 18th century map produced by Anna van Westerstee Beeck.

The arrival of a Christian mission on the island of Dobu in Papua New Guinea was met with ambivalence, but it resulted in a mixing of cultures and the development of new traditions.
 

Leo Steveni was a British officer based in St Petersburg at the time of the Russian Revolution. He became an active eyewitness to the chaos of the Civil War that followed.

An unsolved Renaissance mystery casts light on the dark world of extortion, revenge and power politics at the heart of the Catholic Church.

The arrival of big cats to 19th-century London forced a change in the image left by mythology and the Old Masters.

The October Revolution of 1917 inspired a generation of young Russians to embrace new ideals of socialist living.

Was the new king of Sierra Leone poisoned on his return voyage from England?

4 October 1896 - 4 October 1964.

European powers sought to colonise the world. They could not do so without the support of indigenous peoples.

A French priest’s shocking attack on religion called for the fall of altars and the heads of kings. 

The medical advice in Bald’s Leechbook outlasted the language in which it was written.

From Arabia Deserta to Black Gold. 

Glen Bowersock is a historian of estimable range. From Emperor Augustus to Julian the Apostate and from Christian martyrdom narratives to the...

The fierce battles and acts of deliberate destruction in many ancient Syrian cities have robbed the country of much of its irreplaceable...

In the summer before starting university, I sat through a German grammar course led by a Frau Junker. She split up the days into rigorous sections...

Carlos Eire’s massive, ambitious new survey navigates the rollercoaster of the Reformation period with all the drama and verve of the age itself,...

Peter Burke’s latest, and timely, book, Exiles and Expatriates, examines the ways people, moving across national and political boundaries...

Fighting Fit charts the development of the British government’s public health measures during the Second World War. Its well-researched...

For a man who never achieved the recognition he yearned for while alive, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) has enjoyed a dazzlingly rich afterlife,...