Volume 67 Issue 8 August 2017

If Bolivia is so rich, why is it so poor? 

Accounts of the life of Germanicus are complex, fascinating and open to interpretation.

Backpackers, travelling through Europe, forged a new wave of international collaboration.

Why should we be interested in a sixth-century legal code? The Emperor Justinian (527-565) gets a bad press as a misguided autocrat, but there is no...
Idealised portrait relief of Alexander the Great by Landolin Ohnmacht (1760-1834). One’s first thought on contemplating this behemoth is of the...
The tale of how three 19th-century engineers – the Frenchman Apollinaire Lebas, the Englishman John Dixon (not forgetting his younger brother Waynman...
When told Amundsen had beaten Scott to the South Pole, Lord Curzon remarked: ‘I see the dogs have won.’ The double-entendre was intentional...

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

Both history and historical fiction depend on a combination of imagination and rigorous research. The difference is found in the balance of these ingredients. 

A chart drawn on seal skin challenges our ideas of what constitutes a map.

It is not just the Christian musical tradition that has struggled to differentiate between the sacred and the profane. 

‘Little Miss Sure Shot’, Annie Oakley, was born 13 August 1860.

Faced with an extortionate rise in the price of kosher meat, Jewish women in New York’s Lower East Side employed protest tactics borrowed from the radical political movements that prospered in their neighbourhood. 

The UDBA is probably the least known major espionage agency of the Cold War. It remains influential, despite the break-up of the country it was formed to defend. 

From Elizabethan laws to modern food campaigns: the long history of Britain's patriotic consumers.

A small island in the North Sea became the site of explosive Anglo-German encounters.

Dig deeper into Canada’s history and one encounters a more challenging past than its modern image suggests.

What did the indigenous people of the Americas think of Columbus?

The idea that the ancients believed in Antipodean lands to balance  the globe is a modern invention – and wrong. 

Laws against religious offence in India have altered the writing and understanding of the nation’s past.