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Volume 70 Issue 4 April 2020

Ernest Hemingway’s love of bullfighting bordered on obsession. Did he see his own insecurities reflected in the ring?

Can we learn from history about how diseases spread, and how we respond to them?

What the media missed while covering the discovery of two statues in Rome.

A message from the team at History Today.

Ovid’s tale inspired one of the world’s greatest works of art.

The path to Britain’s Civil Wars of the 17th century was paved in the three very different realms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But it was in the richest and most populous of these that crisis escalated into conflict.

Since the late 19th century, French politics has provided a testing ground for right-wing populism.

The ‘Guerrilla Queen’ of Soviet Russia became a role model for women in combat.

With the aim of converting souls rather than punishing them, the Jesuits were vital collaborators in the Roman Inquisition.

The creation of an African American colony was supported by slave holders and abolitionists, but founded by a few dozen black families.

Father Secchi demonstrated his water quality disk to the pope on 20 April 1865.

What the Easter 1920 riots in Jerusalem revealed about British rule in Palestine.

How Worcestershire sauce changed the way we look at medieval manuscripts.

How Chinese porcelain became a worldwide sensation, changing tastes and the global economy.

The long and complicated history of why there are 360 degrees in a circle.

It is not very often that the skills of hand and eye align with that of language, but in Andrew Ziminski’s case the writer has been lying low while...
When Oxford University’s Bodleian Library opened in 1602, its Arabic holdings amounted to a single copy of the Quran. A century and a half later,...
Academics who sought to broaden the appeal of the Classics at the start of the 21st century by relaxing its focus were probably only trying to sneak...
Everything you thought you knew about the Aztecs is wrong. Or, as Camilla Townsend more tactfully puts it at the start of her wonderful new book: ‘...
‘I’m literally a communist, you idiot!’ These were words uttered by the inexplicably omnipresent commentarian, Ash Sarkar, in a televised discussion...
Susan P. Mattern’s The Slow Moon Climbs opens with the 12th-century example of Hoelun, mother of Chinggis Khan, whose story is recounted in...

Historians should remind themselves that quantity and quality are often very different things.

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Abandoning the rule that truth matters in public life.