How important was China’s senior diplomat to his nation’s rise to global power, or is it too early to say?
As Britain faced the prospect of food shortages in 1917, panic mounted. One solution was to redeploy policemen to plough the land.
The path to Britain’s Civil Wars of the 17th century was paved in the three very different realms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But it was in the richest and most populous of these that crisis escalated into conflict.
Since the late 19th century, French politics has provided a testing ground for right-wing populism.
The ‘Guerrilla Queen’ of Soviet Russia became a role model for women in combat.
With the aim of converting souls rather than punishing them, the Jesuits were vital collaborators in the Roman Inquisition.
The creation of an African American colony was supported by slave holders and abolitionists, but founded by a few dozen black families.
In 1726, Mary Toft gave birth to rabbits. The case became a test of the doctors’ scientific principles.
Recent political crises have shown the importance – and neglect – of constitutional history.
Acre was the most cosmopolitan city in the medieval world. Its inhabitants thought it too valuable to destroy. They were wrong.