Volume 62 Issue 7 July 2012

Given the state of academic life today, we should not be surprised that scholars seek stardom, argues Tim Stanley.

Antony Beevor, author of a new account of the Second World War, talks to Roger Moorhouse about the importance of narrative and why he thinks new technology is not the future for history in a post-literate age.

As the democratic franchise expanded in the 19th century, British historians were eager to offer an informed view of the past to the new electorate. We need similar initiatives today, argues John Tosh.

Japan flexed its muscles and launched a full-scale invasion of China following an incident on July 7th, 1937.

A classic children's book was born on July 4th, 1862.

The illustrious champion of science was created on July 15th, 1662.

Japan flexed its muscles and launched a full-scale invasion of China following an incident on July 7th, 1937.

A classic children's book was born on July 4th, 1862.

The illustrious champion of science was created on July 15th, 1662.

The Jews of Algeria had lived side by side with Muslims for centuries, but the struggle for Algerian independence presented them with stark choices, as Martin Evans explains.

During the Napoleonic Wars Britain occupied the strategically important island of Sicily. Most of its inhabitants, tired of long-distance Bourbon rule, welcomed the arrangement, but their monarch did not, as Graham Darby explains.

In 1573 Catherine de’ Medici successfully campaigned for her third son, Henri, Duke of Anjou, to be elected to the throne of Poland. Robert J. Knecht tells the story of his brief, dramatic reign.

The recent killing of British soldiers by their Afghan allies echoes events of the 19th century, writes Rob Johnson.

As the Eurozone countries wrestle with the fate of the single currency, Mark Ronan discovers parallels in Wagner’s Ring cycle.

In 1573 Catherine de’ Medici successfully campaigned for her third son, Henri, Duke of Anjou, to be elected to the throne of Poland. Robert J. Knecht tells the story of his brief, dramatic reign.

The recent killing of British soldiers by their Afghan allies echoes events of the 19th century, writes Rob Johnson.

As the Eurozone countries wrestle with the fate of the single currency, Mark Ronan discovers parallels in Wagner’s Ring cycle.

The romantic ‘braveheart’ image of Scotland’s past lives on. But, as Christopher A. Whatley shows, a more nuanced ‘portrait of the nation’ is emerging, one that explores the political and religious complexities of Jacobitism and its enduring myth-making power.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck tells the story of Fanny Calderón de la Barca and her life as an author, ambassador’s wife and governess to the Spanish royal family.

Ann Natanson visits an exhibition in Rome that highlights the papacy’s interaction with major figures of European history.

Roger Hudson examines a photograph from 1920 taken on the eve of a profound split on the French Left.

Mathew Lyons finds stimulation in an allusive article on Sir Walter Ralegh, first published in History Today in 1998.

The chain of events that led to the rule of Saddam Hussein began with the murder on July 14th, 1958 of the 23-year-old King Faisal. Antony Hornyold was a junior diplomat at the British embassy in Baghdad at the time.

Christopher Hale reports on a long campaign to discover the truth about the killing of Malayan villagers by British troops in 1948.