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Volume 68 Issue 9 September 2018

Sweets made of ice or snow have been with us for millennia, evolving slowly into the modern chilly treat.

A horrifying tale of reckless daring and ecological catastrophe.

The wait for the outcome of the Munich Conference and the looming spectre of another war hung over Britain in 1938. Its impact was deeply felt.

A contemporary of Hitler, Franco and Mussolini, Salazar is remembered by some of his compatriots as the greatest figure in the nation’s history. Why?

The arrival of Napoleon’s troops in Venice in 1797 instigated one of the biggest plunders in the history of art. 

Can the study of the past really help us to understand the present?

Methodism gained great popularity in the 18th century, but its followers were thought enthusiastic to the point of insanity, posing a serious threat to the established church.

French was the only language worth speaking in medieval Britain – and not just by the upper classes.

The Athenian temple was partly destroyed on 26 September 1687.

The 1,200 square miles of mountains that make up the Alps have been both frontier and a venue for fun.

Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples has been described as ‘cultural genocide’.

The cult of the quintessentially English saint was the product of the Vikings who defeated him.

Air conditioning across the US brought an industrial boom – at a cost to the environment. 

Newspapers’ sensational coverage has changed very little in the 130 years since the Ripper first struck. 

Daniel Ellsberg is well known as the whistle blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Less well known is that, at the time he copied the...
The scene was a glittering one. On one long wall hung The Lady of Shallott , on the facing one The Death of Ophelia . The long...
In the 1950s, the nation gathered beside the wireless to enjoy Take It From Here , the BBC Home Service comedy about Ron Glum and his...
Detail from the song sheet of Ethyl Smyth’s The March of the Women, by Margaret Morris (1911). One hundred years after some women in Britain won the...

The British public are obsessed with the First World War, but know little about how it was brought to an end.

‘What is the most common misconception about my field? That it is ‘great man’ history.’

Medieval women wielded spiritual and political power in subtly effective ways.