Volume 67 Issue 9 September 2017
Finland celebrates its centenary in December 2017, but the concept of Suur Suomi – ‘Greater Finland’ – has existed since at least the 18th century.
History is at odds with our desire for simple certainties. Can its cultivation of complexity create a better future?
We ask 20 questions of leading historians on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors …
Even the most obscure topic can be fascinating, and fascination can be found in the most unlikely places.
How and why did concert-going change from a raucous, noisy affair to one of hushed appreciation?
Born 29 September 106 BC.
Despite popular misconceptions and its aristocratic origins, for part of its history opera was inextricably linked with popular culture – no more so than in the 1920s.
The sinking by Japanese aircraft of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse in December 1941 and the subsequent loss of Singapore was a grievous blow to British morale. But have historians misunderstood what really happened?
The writings of Seneca show how the model Stoic, relying on nothing but his own mind, can still be a loving family man.
Despite a total lack of evidence, the belief that grains of wheat found in Ancient Egyptian tombs could produce bountiful crops was surprisingly hardy.
Crisis-ridden Pakistan is a very different country from the one envisioned by its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The dramatic life of the outlaw and special agent Eşref Bey epitomises the end of the Ottoman Empire.
The Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1167 sowed the seeds for centuries of tension between England and the Irish.
Fiercely anti-Communist, Clement Attlee found Britain’s intelligence agencies to be invaluable tools.