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Claudius is proclaimed emperor, by Charles Lebayle, 1886. École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts / Wiki Commons.

Four historians consider the harm caused by those who should have helped their political masters.

'Great activity in Wall Street', published in New York Herald, March 19, 1908. Library of Congress.

Four historians consider whether the sudden collapse of the world economy caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will be followed by an equally dramatic resurgence.

Holland House library after an air raid, 23 October 1940. This photograph was likely staged for propaganda purposes. Wiki Commons.

Four historians consider what the past might tell us about everyday responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

'Bring Out Your Dead': A street during the Great Plague in London, 1665, with a death cart and mourners. Wellcome Collection.

Can we learn from history about how diseases spread, and how we respond to them?

Nazi uniforms at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. Wiki Commons / Richard Mortel.

The history of the Third Reich remains as popular as ever. Why?

Crowd in front of the Piercy Roberts window in London Caricature Shop, 1801. Rijksmuseum.

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are widely used by historians. But does anyone benefit?

A satire on the coronation of Napoleon: 'The Imperial Coronation', Thomas Rowlandson, 1804. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Shedding past light on recent royal scandal, four historians consider the future of an ancient institution.

The Money Changers, Marinus van Reymerswaele (follower of), c. 1548. Wiki Commons.

When we ask historians which genre of history they like least, the most common answer is ‘economic’. Is the field unjustly maligned?

Saint George and the Dragon, Luca Signorelli (workshop of), 1495-1505. Rijksmuseum.

In an age when nationalism is on the rise, the role of the historian becomes ever more valuable – and controversial.

The Execution of Charles I, c.1649.

There has been no shortage of historical events put forward to explain Britain’s current political crisis, but do any of them seriously inform debate?