Volume 69 Issue 6 June 2019

The worst kind of government – apart from all the others – faces increasingly tough challenges. Four leading historians consider its future.

The Labour Party’s recent entanglement with antisemitism came as a shock to many. At its root is the issue of nationalism. 

While finding its origins in royal Aztec feasts, the everyday Tex-Mex enchilada is more a product of colonialism and prejudice than authentic heritage.

A deceived god has a creative outburst.

What was life like for medieval prostitutes? A case in the German town of Nördlingen reveals a hellish world of exploitation and violence.

Just two years after victory in the most murderous war in history, the divisions between the Soviet Union and the Western powers became unbridgeable. 

The story of Richard III’s lieutenants, William Catesby, Sir Richard Ratcliffe and Francis, Viscount Lovell, is one of intrigue, death and a mysterious disappearance.

Against the odds, the Third Anglo-Afghan War led to Afghanistan’s independence.

What was it like for a Roman to encounter a Christian for the first time? As the Empire reached its greatest extent, Pliny the Younger found himself face-to-face with members of the new religious group.

‘Politics as a Vocation’, a speech made in 1919 by the German sociologist Max Weber, can lay claim to being one of the most influential political statements of the 20th century. Amid global crisis and uncertainty, it remains as relevant as ever.

The wife of the Mughal Emperor died in 1631.

The by-elections of 1938 are part of the long history of Independent Progressives in British politics.

Despite his influence on the likes of Charles Darwin, the 18th-century ‘parson-naturalist’ is sorely underrated.

Throughout the 1970s, the feminist group Dolle Mina combined radical protests with conceptual art.

At a moment when puritans had to tread carefully, William Hacket tried to overthrow the queen and Church.

It began with a book in a mosque in the most unlikely of locations. Dhaka-born Samia Khatun, then a student at the University of Sydney, discovered a...
Jonathan Fennell has produced a compelling and magisterial history of the British and Commonwealth armies between 1939 and 1945. His explanation of...
Arabs is a dazzling achievement, born of a historian’s passionate affection for his subject. It is a labour of love, achieved after a...
Let us begin with an inquisitorial Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs in January 1995. Was the chance of bringing about a communist utopia,...
In her magnificent group biography The Lunar Men (2002), Jenny Uglow calls the 18th century the age of the club. Clubs were everywhere...

An alliance of unlike minds offered hope for the future during Europe’s darkest days.

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Losing the Second Cold War to China.’

Historians often envisage a gulf between family history and other engagements with the past, but they can easily overlap.