Volume 67 Issue 5 May 2017

The first in a new series exploring the history of a country in pictures begins with Cambodia. 

In his pursuit of Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell was guided by a prophecy foretelling treason.

Exuberant celebrations took place across China in 1959 to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Of particular national...
Rarely an evening goes by without a television detective solving a horrific killing; more often than not the victim is an attractive young woman and...
Martin Brayne’s and Renaud Morieux’s books provide us with a welcome reminder that, ‘rather than a natural frontier between natural enemies’, the...
James Murray in the Scriptorium. Was there ever before such an enterprise? It is certainly safe to say that when the ‘Committee to collect...
Frederick I Barbarossa, from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. The long reign of Frederick Barbarossa, who ruled Germany from 1152 to 1190 and for most...
Child of the Raj, Roger Butler, rides Lizzie, Nagrakata, India, 1939. This is a splendid and voluminous anthology, compiled from over 120 memoirs of...

Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit. 

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

In commissioning her biography, Emma, wife to two kings of England, created a subtle yet audacious piece of propaganda, used to maintain her position and secure her reputation.

A comparison chart illustrating the beauty that science could produce.

In newly independent Indonesia, nationalism, communism and Islam competed for the attention of the people. But the country’s greatest novelist saw humanity behind the ideologies. 

The stethoscope revolutionised medicine, but it also provoked anxieties about the unfamiliar sounds it revealed.

Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist ideals and made a villain of a national hero.

The priestesses of Delphi played a pivotal role in the religious life of the ancient Greek world, connecting the human to the divine. 

The Six Day War of 1967, in which Israel devastated its Arab neighbours, also struck a blow against the military prowess of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellites.

Æthelred the Unready was king of a divided nation that lived in fear of the ‘divine punishment’ of the Vikings. Piety and prayer became his weapons of choice. 

The changing shape of the slave trade in the medieval Mediterranean.

Writing a history of transgender people poses unique problems.

New US equality laws in the 1960s meant a revolution in journalism, as the women of the press fought for their place.

Many histories of wine are written in a lyrical style, but Rod Phillips’ new book is not one of them. For Phillips, two and a half millennia of...