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Volume 69 Issue 12 December 2019

A new treaty on the governance of Antarctica, signed in 1959, became a trailblazing model for the world. But the future of the ‘white continent’ remains contentious.

The origins of haggis are as mysterious as the Loch Ness Monster.

Three wise men, guided by a star, search for the new-born Christ.

A French medieval historian, who served his country in both world wars, helped pioneer a new approach to history in between them.

What took ten years in Poland took ten days in Czechoslovakia. But, as some Czechs would discover, not all revolutions are equal.

But for one turning point, Ermengarde, Viscountesse of Narbonne, might be as well known as Eleanor of Aquitaine.

In the 18th century, celebrity culture helped make the British Empire seem both a part of everyday life and a place of fantasy.

Overshadowed between two dramatic missions, the success of Apollo 12 was vital to the continuing space project.

The need to preserve alliances was a compelling reason not to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

The Dutch role in the slave trade cannot be dismissed as a matter of numbers.

To whom should one pledge fealty? Lord, king, brother or nation?

To be Cambodian is to have one’s life touched by the Khmer Rouge. The regime was in power for just three years, eight months and 20 days, but was...
We know too little about the lives of saints. If we knew more, they probably wouldn’t be saints. We know that St Augustine was a happy sinner, once,...
In this historical travelogue, Esther Rutter follows a tradition established by the first historian of the fisherman’s Guernsey, Gladys Thompson. In...

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? To try to see things from multiple angles.

At what point does memoir become biography and biography become history?