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Plate 38, from 'World in Miniature', 1816, Thomas Rowlandson. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In the Victorian countryside, what did going to church on Sundays actually mean?

Stella Wood

Barcelona is now the epicentre of the biggest issue facing the Madrid government – an issue with deep historical roots.

Andrew Dowling

Advertisement for Marshall’s curry powder, 1899.
The long, often troubled relationship between Britain and India has led to some extraordinary cross-cultural innovations in cuisine.

Alexander Lee

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Reliquary bust of Charlemagne, 1349 © Bridgeman Images

A new book presents an account of Charlemagne, year by year, without hindsight.

Potosi, from a Map of South America, London c.1715

Potosí’s fame came not only from its wealth, but also its notoriety for appalling working conditions.

Leonidas at Thermopylae, by Jacques-Louis David, 1812.

The story of 300 Greeks withstanding the might of Persia at the Thermopylae pass is well known. But how accurate is it? And, with few sources, how can we know?

Jackson Street, San Francisco’s Chinatown, 1962 © Bridgeman Images

A dish which arrived with the Gold Rush, spread with the railway and endured prohibition was Chinese by origin, but claimed by America.

Salvador Allende, Senator of Chile’s Socialist Party, at a solidarity rally for the  Cuban revolution, 1962 © Getty Images

Latin America conjures up images of constant political turmoil, powered by endless revolutions. But this is misleading.

Richard, acting as Lord Protector, orders the arrest of William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings. From 'A Chronicle of England: B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485', c. 1864. Wiki Commons.

Our latest podcast looks at the rise and fall of the House of York in 1483.

Immovable object? Hoa Hakanai’a on display in the British Museum. Photo: James Miles/Wikimedia/Creative Commons.

History tells us that, in order to prosper, civilisations must embrace change.

Erotic fresco from the lupanar, Pompeii, first century AD. Photo by Frédéric Soltan © Getty Images

The largest of Pompeii's legalised Lupanars is the only surviving ‘purpose-built’ Roman brothel.


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