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Volume 69 Issue 2 February 2019

Four historians consider how their discipline can best reach a mass audience. 

India’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality is presented as the country shaking off the last vestiges of colonialism. The reality is not so simple.

Though long established as the national dish of Hungary, its origins lie with the rootless, itinerant stockmen who roamed the plains of medieval Mitteleuropa

The Taoist Immortal.

Africa has been global for millennia, but its history is too often eclipsed by narratives that focus on slavery and its abolition.

In Victorian Britain, attitudes towards race, gender, disability and Empire were all to be found in the popular ‘freak shows’.

At the centre of a war-shattered Europe, Vienna was divided between the victorious Allied powers. Restoring civil society proved a major challenge. 

From the pit to Pythagoras, the self-made man rose to the top of the mathematical world and divided it in two. 

The Thai-Burma railway was built by prisoners of war in appalling conditions. The dead were treated with a dignity denied the living.

A dog sled relay came to the rescue of an epidemic-struck Alaskan community on 2 February 1925.

Good intentions, misinformation and fear contributed to haemophiliacs becoming the hidden victims of HIV in Ireland.

Short, angry missives pinged across the world – Russian propagandists used postcards to get their message across.

Were US-Cuban relations soured for the want of ten dollars?

The buildings that came out of Portugal’s New State were described as an ‘architectural lie’.

No garden survives intact from the Elizabethan or early Stuart period. Changing fashions and the essentially ephemeral nature of plants and flowers...
As befits the biography of an author who laboured to make his treatment of ponderous philosophical questions as amusing as possible, Diderot and...
There is a huge literature on the Third Reich and the explosion of state violence it provoked, first in Germany and then across Europe. The...
Growing up opposite a US military base in Karlsruhe, Germany in the 1980s, Nora Krug knew that something ‘had once gone terribly wrong’. She and her...

‘Humans change very little over time. We love, worry and hope today in much the same way as we did 5,000 years ago.’

We like historical films to be factually accurate, but we also like them to reflect our sensibilities.