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Llannerch, Denbighshire, Wales, c.1667, unknown artist.

Four centuries of horticultural endeavours in the modest plots of the ‘lower orders’. 

Pin-heads: postcard showing the Imperial government bowled over by the threat of revolution, Russian, 1905.

Short, angry missives pinged across the world – Russian propagandists used postcards to get their message across.

Denis Diderot.

The trials and tribulations of Denis Diderot.

He Xian Gu on a celestial crane, from the album of 18 Taoist paintings by Zhang Lu (1464-1538), displayed in the Shanghai Museum.

The Taoist Immortal.

Brendan Bracken alongside Winston Churchill, April 1939.

Social mobility and self-invention in the pre-digital age.

Castro (right) with fellow revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos, 8 January 1959.

Were US-Cuban relations soured for the want of ten dollars? 

Fresh perspective? Making the BBC Three drama Our World War. BBC Photo Library

Four historians consider how their discipline can best reach a mass audience. 

Illustration by R. Fresson.

A dog sled relay came to the rescue of an epidemic-struck Alaskan community on 2 February 1925.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, designed by Peter Eisenman and inaugurated in 2005.

A long and detailed challenge to the modern cult of memory.

Illustration by Ben Jones.

India’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality is presented as the country shaking off the last vestiges of colonialism. The reality is not so simple.