History Today

Diaries can be a holy grail for the historian: written with the immediacy of the moment, capturing the authentic atmosphere of an event,...

It is ironic that one consequence of the failed Scottish referendum on independence is that the English, who have dominated the British Isles for...

Mathematics and numbers are not really part of what we think about when we think about the past, by and large. So it is nice to see Amir Alexander...

How much are actions – especially extreme ones – the result of impersonal historical forces and how much are they dependent upon the impulses of individual actors

The stresses and strains of the British home front during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars are the subject of Jenny Uglow’s new book....

In 1871 Paris revolted against the French state. Many Parisians did not accept France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. Nor did they trust the...

We think we know all about pirates. As a group their ambiguous status is perfectly encapsulated by the phrase ‘one person’s terrorist is another’s...

Malcolm Gaskill offers us hints about what compelled him to write this book. He mentions the ‘astonishing intensity of faith, forbearance and...

Virginia Nicholson acknowledges the debt she owes as a popular historian to academics such as Roland Quinault, whose 2001 essay on Britain in the 1950s remains a rich source of information.