Robert Burton’s encyclopedic curiosity The Anatomy of Melancholy continues to offer remarkable insights into mental health.
The moral authority Britain gained during the First World War was undermined by the behaviour of the Crown Forces during the Irish War of Independence.
Revolutionary soldier or tyrannical emperor? The question is as pertinent now as when Bonaparte died in exile on remote Saint Helena in 1821.
In the aftermath of the Reformation, the authority of the pope depended ever more upon the will of the people.
Indigenous peoples in the West of the United States continued to be held in bondage long after the abolition of plantation slavery in the South.
The introduction of decimal coinage to the UK was a long while coming. But the transition was surprisingly smooth.
Oliver Cromwell’s desire to bring about the readmission of Jews to England was met with prejudice and opposition. But he succeeded, with help from powerful friends.
The first German constitution was ratified in April 1871. Designed by Otto von Bismarck to preserve the old regime, it would eventually help bring about its downfall.
A newly independent Tanganyika hoped to capture part of the lucrative European market for African tourism. But its rivalry with neighbouring Kenya proved an obstacle.
The obsession with gifted children is an ancient one, but it took on new life in the 20th century.