History Today

James Christie first held his eponymous auction on December 5th, 1766.

Long before the recent rise in Islamophobia, distrust of Hinduism was rife among Britain’s ruling class.

The Victorian masterpiece was burned to the ground on November 29th, 1936. 

Genius generally manifests without ancestral antecedents, as with Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Occasionally, though, it...

Benjamin Disraeli has always attracted more interest on account of who he was than for what he did. Although he secured the passage of the Second...

Crossrail is a high-tech tunnel drilled straight through the heart of London. Gillian Tindall uses it to weave a circuitous path through time and...

The challenges of writing history for television are formidable. But if historians don’t get involved, they will cede ground to those less qualified, warns Suzannah Lipscomb.

The feeling of awe and excitement, akin to meeting one’s idol, will be familiar to anyone lucky enough to make medieval manuscripts their life’s...

An island nation with few resources, Japan was in a precarious enough position when it declared war on the United States in December 1941. That its powerful navy failed to learn the lessons of previous conflicts made matters even worse, as Malcolm Murfett explains.

In the popular imagination, the archetypal British imperialist is the kind of daring young adventurer portrayed in the stories of Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling. But, reveals Will Jackson, those who settled the Empire were far more diverse than stereotypes allow.