The military elite of the Muslim world was comprised of men who had been captured and forced into service. But to what extent were they subject to slavery?
The Strait of Hormuz has become a fraught passage in the Tanker Wars between Iran and Iraq.
Starvation and disease killed millions in British India during the Second World War. Why?
In an age of political and religious division that ended in Civil War, Lucius Cary and his circle at Great Tew offered a space for debate and compromise.
The role of women in the Ku Klux Klan is often neglected, but they were key players at all levels.
Assessing Margaret Thatcher’s premiership: a radical decade and a divisive legacy.
Despite the religious rupture caused by the Reformation, fear of the Apocalypse remained common to both sides of western Christendom. But older, classical ideas of an eternal return were at work, too.
Despite recent claims, the Voynich Manuscript remains one of history’s biggest mysteries.
Events in the Baltic States at the end of the First World War had serious long-term consequences.
What was life like for medieval prostitutes? A case in the German town of Nördlingen reveals a hellish world of exploitation and violence.