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Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic, c. 1916. Library of Congress.
A new treaty on the governance of Antarctica, signed in 1959, became a trailblazing model for the world. But the future of the ‘white continent’ remains contentious.

Klaus Dodds

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was founded on April 4th, 1949.

Richard Cavendish

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Haggis-maker Andrew Majnik with a haggis, David Jones food store, 29 December 1961 © Alan E Funnell/Fairfax Media/Getty Images.

The origins of haggis are as mysterious as the Loch Ness Monster.

Books of the Year 2019

Covering Hong Kong, the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, porcine inebriation and the Battle of Algiers, nine historians select their favourite books of the past year.

American military base in South Vietnam, 2 November 1968 © Getty Images.

The need to preserve alliances was a compelling reason not to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

Erasmus. Rijksmuseum.

Who was the ‘Father of History’? Do you know which was the first city to be bombed from the air?

African slaves in a Dutch-owned sugar mill, 17th-century engraving © Bridgeman Images.

The Dutch role in the slave trade cannot be dismissed as a matter of numbers.

The Last Effort and Fall of Tipu Sultan by Henry Singleton, c. 1800.

How did the East India Company become ‘an empire within an empire’?


The views and actions of the man who tried to kill Hitler.

Rose and Bertha Gugger, by Albert Anker, 1883 © Christie’s Images/Bridgeman Images.

At what point does memoir become biography and biography become history?


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