Help for Heroes

Volume 69 Issue 9 September 2019

How important is the study of the powerful, epoch-defining individual?

Public monuments have become sites of historical conflict, revealing bitter divisions over interpretations of the past.

A celebrated dish of the Ottoman Empire that spread far and wide.

A pitiless, profound and influential Greek myth.

The changing fates of one of France’s grandest castles are a microcosm for its history.

An alliance between Louis XIV and a Transylvanian prince was just one aspect of the Sun King’s ambition to dominate Europe.

The Third Reich’s obsession with a pure Germanic past led to a renewed interest in the witch hunts of early modern Germany.

Mark Twain painted an evocative vision of the Mississippi River, but he didn’t tell the whole story.

Sweltering British imperialists relied on an army of fan bearers, whose stories are as invisible as the air they circulated.

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren arrived in Los Angeles on 8 September 1916 

Even for Nazi Camp survivors who sought to eradicate them, they were hard to define.

Beaverbrook’s radical vision and prominent platform gave him enormous political sway.

During the Renaissance, the beard was the defining feature of a man.

Louis IX, king of France from 1226 to 1270, was an enthusiastic if unsuccessful Crusader. During his crusade to Egypt in 1248-54, he was captured and...
Gillian Darley embraces several disciplines. She is variously historian, anthropologist, topographer, geographer – but on no account psychogeographer...
On 6 October 1982, a 500-year-old Gutenberg Bible spends a night in the evidence locker of the University of California. There are 48 (possibly 49)...
The title of Australian historian Joy McCann’s chronicle of the Southern Ocean says it all: a sea wilder than any other, striated by latitudinal...
There’s a scene in the US political thriller House of Cards in which Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, goes for a run in a cemetery...
Two decades have passed since Ian Kershaw published his double-decker biography of Adolf Hitler, Hubris and Nemesis, which was...

A remarkable political career suggests that social mobility is of benefit to us all.

Which moment would I most like to go back to? Berlin at the end of the First World War.

We should take more notice of the work of those once despised and disregarded.

‘Concentration camps’ are difficult to define. Even the survivors of the most notorious and universally recognised camps in history discovered this problem in the aftermath of the Second World War.