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More than 900 people perished in a mass suicide on November 18th 1978.

Richard Cavendish

‘War is an uncivil game and can’t be civilised’, said one Union sergeant of General Sherman’s rampage through Georgia in 1864.

Matt Carr

The ‘C Room’ in the Members’ Library.
For 200 years, the House of Commons Library has guided politicians and policy.

Eleanor Davis

From the Archive: Literature

The British Battalion of the International Brigades went into battle at Jarama in February 1937. It was the beginning of a bruising, often dispiriting campaign.

Christopher Farman

The relationship between an ‘unquiet past’ and the concerns of the present has been a key feature of recent engagements with the Spanish Civil War.

Mary Vincent

The neglected life of a political idealist, whose 30-year ordeal, hidden from the world, spans a period of momentous change in Spain.

Jeffrey Meyers

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Marie Schmolka’s identity card.

Female volunteers such as Marie Schmolka played a decisive role in the collaborative project to rescue beleaguered Jewish children.

Helen McCarthy.

‘People can surprise you. They often don’t fit into the categories we impose on them.’

For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars. Then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. 

Miniature of woman reading, from the Chronicles of the King of France, by Robert Gaguin, Paris, 1514.

An increasingly powerful state was made possible by the creation of archival networks.

A new life: a moorish woman in Granada, from Christoph Weiditz’s Trachtenbuch, 1530s.

A previously unnamed slave in Catherine of Aragon’s bedchamber may have known the answer to one of history’s greatest questions.

The ‘C Room’ in the Members’ Library.

For 200 years, the House of Commons Library has guided politicians and policy.

During the First World War, while politicians prevaricated, Romania’s British queen lobbied for entry on the side of the Allies and courted the international press, becoming the glamorous face of her adopted country’s war effort. 

Robert Graves in 1920

The life and work of the war poet and author is revealed in all its rich complexity.


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Volume 68 Issue 11 November 2018

  • The end of the First World War
  • Tyrants and robots
  • Mental illness in the 19th century
  • Lenin, the Machiavellian Marxist
  • Snoopy’s war
  • Catherine of Aragon’s slave
  • Fake news

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