Volume 69 Issue 10 October 2019

There has been no shortage of historical events put forward to explain Britain’s current political crisis, but do any of them seriously inform debate?

Hong Kong’s current extradition law crisis is not the first that the territory has faced.

A dish which arrived with the Gold Rush, spread with the railway and endured prohibition was Chinese by origin, but claimed by America.

Rome’s First Citizen brings peace to its territories.

In the Victorian countryside, what did going to church on Sundays actually mean?

How did an executed English nurse become the unlikely protector of the German poet who pronounced her dead?

What do the tyrants of the 20th century have in common? Terror, confusion and quasi-religious followings.

As a frontline soldier in the First World War, the German artist Otto Dix fell under the spell of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and his assault on Christian morality.

Medieval French monarchs used – and abused – the charismatic power of religious women.

On 8 October 1856, a British flagged Chinese vessel was seized and the Second Opium War began.

The Aliens Act of 1905 created a new type of immigrant to the UK and a new way of dealing with them.

Latin America conjures up images of constant political turmoil, powered by endless revolutions. But this is misleading.

The little-known republic was a short-lived experiment in constitutional democracy.

For many Americans, jazz was the music of demons, devils and things that go bump in the night.

The succession of great cities which emerge in Justin Marozzi’s superbly crafted book were all too often assembled, designed, demolished and rebuilt...
This is a terrific book – but that statement needs context. Charlemagne does not lack biographers. Jinty Nelson in an early footnote lists ten, just...
A dry, cold, desolate mountain in the high Andes seems an unlikely location for a city that, at the end of the 16th century, had a population of 120,...
As countries around the world grapple with whether to make prostitution legal, what – if anything – can we learn from the legalised brothels of...
When Hungary visited Wembley for a friendly in 1953, some of the English players thought they were in for an easy game. That impression lasted all of...
There was a saying at the old army staff college in Camberley: amateurs talk of tactics, professionals talk of logistics. Not that it made any...

History tells us that, in order to prosper, civilisations must embrace change.

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? That we learn nothing from it.

What happened when a historian took the ‘Life in the UK’ test for British citizenship?