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Volume 67 Issue 11 November 2017

The inventor of the saxotromba, saxhorn, saxtuba and saxophone was born on 6 November 1814.

Exploring the history of the Korean peninsula beyond the north-south divide.

An embattled emperor offered guidance to his successors in the shape of a ‘mirror for princes’.

Between 1609 and 1614, on royal orders, almost all of the formerly Muslim population of Spain, known as the moriscos , was expelled from the...
Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, on board the Royal Yacht, 1912. The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was one of the great military...
With his Four Princes , John Julius Norwich uses four great rulers, each of whom was outsize in his own way, to cast light on their age and...
The stories we tell define who we are as individuals and as a society, without which we struggle to understand ourselves. This is the central message...
Postcard celebrating the February Revolution and the overthrow of the Tsar, 1917. ‘Oh, the novel jokes of the merry muse of history’, wrote Nikolai...

The path to democracy is a long one. It should not be taken for granted.

We ask 20 questions of leading historians on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors …

It is tempting to adopt a black-and-white view of the past, but history is complex and should be judged on its own merits.

A map of the Jain universe.

The nature of warfare is constantly changing. So are the challenges that composers face in depicting the sound and struggle of battle.

Latin was used throughout the Roman Empire, but it shared space with a host of other languages and dialects, including Greek, Oscan and Etruscan, which give us a unique perspective on the ancient world.

The foundations of modern India were laid by the British governor-general, Warren Hastings. But he paid a heavy personal price.

There is beauty to be had from the smallest of objects. In the 18th century, tweezers, toothpicks and clippers became the signs of a polite, and beautiful, society.

The legacy of Marie Skłodowska Curie, the world's most famous female physicist, is assured, but in her lifetime she was a controversial figure.

A little-known encounter between the English and French navies should rank alongside Trafalgar and the defeat of the Armada.

Hospital or home birth has rarely been a simple choice.

Oral history breathes fresh life into a deadly battle of the Second World War.

The division of migrants into those who are of benefit to British society and those who are not has a long history.

At first glance, the Ackers and Reid volume comes as a bit of a surprise. First, the cover is a surprise, because a painting of women climbing out of...