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London police search a black youth on Talbot Road, Notting Hill, during the race riots, 3 September 1958 © Getty Images.

Police brutality and stop-and-search are yet another legacy of Empire.

Japanese travel poster for the Great Wall of China,1937 © Bridgeman Images.

The story of China and Japan, and the periodic efforts to find a modus vivendi.

A meeting of the British Communist Party, Earls Court, London, 5 August 1939 © Hulton Getty Images.

It was not the Nazi-Soviet Pact, but the ‘Party line’, which brought an end to the era of ‘fellow travellers’, 80 years ago.

Beef

The human cost and conflict behind ‘beef for everyone’.

The 2nd Dragoon Guards, the Queen's Bays, routing the Lucknow mutineers near the Hyderabad road, Orlando Norie, 1859. Brown University Library/Wiki Commons.

Documenting the men and women who took a stand against the imperial tide.

Mao Zedong (second from left) meeting farm workers to congratulate them on their yield, 9 February 1958 © Hulton Getty Images.

How China’s landscape prevented even greater losses in the Great Famine.

Romney, Met Museum.

Which presidents are depicted on Mount Rushmore? Who apologised for dying? 

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.

Herbert Asquith watches a squadron of aeroplanes returning to RFC Headquarters at Frevillers, 7 August 1916. Imperial War Museum.

In this podcast, Simon Heffer reflects on the year 1916, as conscription was introduced and the Battle of the Somme claimed huge casualties.

From the contemporary publication, 'Experiments and observations on different kinds of air', Joseph Priestley c. 1775-1784

The work of Elizabeth Fulhame made huge leaps in science, despite the obstacles she faced as a woman.