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A Century of Fascism

Fascism would plague the 20th century, but when Benito Mussolini seized power in October 1922 few could agree on exactly what it was.

Safe Passage

Protecting merchant ships during the Napoleonic Wars, the British convoy system was instrumental in securing its narrow victory. 

The Man Who Was Briefly King

Arriving in the remote and jungled highlands of Annam, a swindling Frenchman was able to establish himself as the region’s self-appointed ruler. 

The Original Rock Star

200 years on from the deciphering of the most famous piece of rock in the world, what does reading the Rosetta Stone reveal?

Good as Gold

The absence of formal government on the American frontier emboldened miners to take powers usually reserved to the state, subjecting criminals to their own brand of vigilante justice. 

The Other Elizabeth

Emulating her godmother, Elizabeth I, Elizabeth Stuart captured hearts and minds as Europe burned. 

The Hogen Mogen Princess

Dismissed as ‘high and mighty’ and accused of pushing Charles I towards civil war, Henrietta Maria was a deft military mover – perhaps more so than the king himself.

The Unbreakable City

The Battle of Stalingrad began in August 1942, subjecting its residents to months of living hell. But few doubted that the city was worth defending; its significance to the Soviet project made it too important to abandon.

Violent Ends

Early modern methods of execution were carefully calculated to inflict shame upon the condemned.