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.
Shampooing was brought to Britain by a Bengali immigrant who knew his craft – and how to sell it.
Stately homes surrounded by extravagant gardens are a staple of the English countryside, but how were they funded?
Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.