Academic Debts

Decent popular history would be impossible without the scholarly endeavours of the academy.

Edward VI, by Guillaume Scrots, c.1550 © Bridgeman Images.

The political commentator Jenni Russell, in a column in The Times published last November, compared the popularity of history as a subject for books and TV – citing Yuval Noah Harari, Amanda Foreman and The Crown – with the decline in the numbers of students studying history, both at school and at undergraduate level.

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