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Volume 69 Issue 7 July 2019

Empires have been part of human history for millennia. Are they, of necessity, a bad thing?

The revolt against President Omar al-Bashir is not the first in Sudan’s history, but it is the first since Africa’s former largest country split in two.

From high life to country living.

A vivid portrait of one of history’s most momentous conspiracies.

Starvation and disease killed millions in British India during the Second World War. Why?

In an age of political and religious division that ended in Civil War, Lucius Cary and his circle at Great Tew offered a space for debate and compromise.

The role of women in the Ku Klux Klan is often neglected, but they were key players at all levels.

Assessing Margaret Thatcher’s premiership: a radical decade and a divisive legacy. 

Despite the religious rupture caused by the Reformation, fear of the Apocalypse remained common to both sides of western Christendom. But older, classical ideas of an eternal return were at work, too.

Despite recent claims, the Voynich Manuscript remains one of history’s biggest mysteries. 

Events in the Baltic States at the end of the First World War had serious long-term consequences.

On 21 July 356 BC, the day Alexander the Great was said to have been born, the temple burned to the ground.

Writing treaties in two languages can lead to unexpected problems.

Not content with bringing aqueducts, sanitation and roads, the Romans transformed Britain’s flora and fauna.

How the Nazi persecution of Jews shaped the African-American freedom struggle.

The devastating fire at Notre-Dame destroyed more than just bricks.

British politics on the eve of the Second World War remains a subject of enduring fascination. Recent years have witnessed the publication of a...
It isn’t really possible to write a biography of Chaucer. Painstaking research over many decades has turned up a small number of documents related to...
Consider John Buchan’s output in the four and a half years of war between August 1914 and November 1918. He wrote thousands of communiques from the...
It is July 1571 and Elizabeth I is sitting for a portrait in ‘the open ally of a goodly garden’, almost certainly at Hampton Court. The portrait is ‘...
Reading Alan Jacobs’ super little book is like prizing open the back of a watch to study the mechanism within: tiny cogs working in clever order,...
In February 1649 the Royalist newsbook Mercurius Pragmaticus characterised ‘Parliament Jone’, aka Elizabeth Alkin, as ‘an old Bitch’ able...
Those destined for an afterlife have been consigned to many different places. Christians often dispatched the damned to an eternity of suffering deep...
Mark Smith has written a fluent meditation on Russian history, a gallant attempt to reason with those who believe that Russia is condemned to an...

What connects a Hollywood star, a physicist of genius and a recently departed historian?

‘What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? It’s not about you.’

Archaeologists and historians are on the same side, despite what journalists say.