Volume 70 Issue 2 February 2020

From wall paintings in Egyptian tombs to the margins of illuminated manuscripts, we have always used portrayals of monkeys to express our more animal side.

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are widely used by historians. But does anyone benefit?

What did it mean to be black and British in the Caribbean in the 20th century?

The water nymph, whose affair with a peasant shepherd inspired numerous works of art.

Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.

Love and possession during the Italian economic miracle.

The most powerful family of Florence and the most powerful man in the world offer a new solution to one of the most notorious crimes of the age.

A Victorian doctor offering to cure female ‘lunacy’ came under fire for his scandalous new operation: female genital mutilation.

On 1 January 1933, Germany was a democracy with a range of political parties. By the end of the year its parliament was a rubber stamp for Adolf Hitler’s will.

The conspirators who planned to assassinate the Prime Minister and his Cabinet were arrested on 23 February 1820.

In Anglo-Saxon England a hill could be a dragon’s lair and a ditch the home of gods.

What does it mean to rebuild Notre-Dame?

The first pilgrim settlers to America tried, and failed, to settle in Newfoundland.

The past and future of punctuation marks.

Allan Gallay’s comprehensively researched but above all profound biography of Walter Ralegh makes it unlikely another will be published anytime soon...
Today, we largely think of Persian as the national language of Iran. But this region is merely the core remnant of a once enormous swathe of the...
‘As many cuneiform signs as exist, I have written on tablets’, reads the colophon impressed on a clay tablet found in Nineveh. ‘I deposited [those...
In 1565, half a century before the Pilgrim Fathers, the Spanish began the first European settlement in the present-day United States. Yet, despite...
Even in the world of academic publishing, where time moves at its own glacial pace, 29 years is a long time to work on a project which never saw...
The purpose of this very valuable addition to the literature on the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 is straightforward. Roger...

Decent popular history would be impossible without the scholarly endeavours of the academy.

‘Our work on the Calais ‘Jungle’ forced me to change my mind about freedom of movement.’

In a post-truth world, how do we study history?