About History Today

History Today is the world’s leading serious history magazine. The publication is based in London and published monthly.

We publish the world's leading scholars, on all periods, regions and themes of history. Every contribution is carefully edited and illustrated to make the magazine a pleasurable, as well as an informative, read.

This website includes an archive of virtually every article published by History Today since it was founded in 1951. It also includes most of the articles from History Review, our periodical for history students, which was published three times a year until 2012.

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The History of History Today

The original history magazine, History Today has been published monthly in London since January 1951. Our founder was the enigmatic Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information during the Second World War, publisher of the Financial Times and faithful lieutenant of Winston Churchill. 

From Charles Lysaght's 2002 History Today article Churchill's Faithful Chela:

..in the aftermath of the war Bracken conceived the idea of starting an historical journal with a broader appeal than the academic journals of the universities. So in 1951 the Financial News Group launched History Today, edited by his former assistant Alan Hodge in partnership with Peter Quennell.

‘Love of history ran through his words,’ recalled the historian A.J.P. Taylor, who was present at the launch in Claridges and who was impressed by Bracken’s erudition as well as his commitment, which had to be honoured, to persevere with the magazine even if it did not make money at first.