History Today

Armless Fun?

In 1820 the discovery of an ancient Greek statue with missing arms posed more questions than answers.

Death from Above

In 1917 the roof of Westminster Hall was on the brink of collapse; death-watch beetles had bored through it.

The Body as Machine

The life of George Balanchine, the man behind a quintessential American ballet aesthetic.

An Eggless Christmas

The Ministry of Food was founded to help people survive rationing and to bolster morale, which became particularly important at Christmas.

Khans of Crimea

The Crimean Khanate was the last surviving heir of Chinggis Khan’s dynasty. Respected, feared and reviled, it found itself caught between empires.