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Volume 70 Issue 5 May 2020

It was once believed that swallows spent their winters on the Moon, or asleep on river beds. 

Four historians consider what the past might tell us about everyday responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Myanmar’s colonial legacy includes racial hierarchies and authoritarian government. In the new nation state, not everyone is welcome.

The Classical world in Venetian colours.

As music became an art for all the people of Europe, Ludwig van Beethoven, born 250 years ago this year, became the hero and the symbol of an aspiring German nation.

The historian Eric Hobsbawm kept faith with the Marxist orthodoxies of his youth even after the Soviet invasions of Hungary in 1956, of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Why?

With every major anniversary, our perspective on the voyage of the Mayflower changes. This year’s 400th will address the legacy of colonialism.

How important was China’s senior diplomat to his nation’s rise to global power, or is it too early to say?

As Britain faced the prospect of food shortages in 1917, panic mounted. One solution was to redeploy policemen to plough the land.

Theodore left Rome for Canterbury on 27 May 668.

The pioneering archaeologist and Oxbridge’s first woman professor, Dorothy Garrod was elected to the Chair of Archaeology on 6 May 1939.

Attempts by the US and French governments to buy favourable coverage in British newspapers proved a costly failure.

A lively, privileged group of young intellectuals grew ever more alarmed by the crises that struck Britain in the mid-1740s.

A momentous change in the status of women began in the 1950s.

The uneasy balance between rulers and counsellors has been a feature of British politics for centuries.

Charles Hamilton, a travelling medicine-seller in 18th-century Somerset, was a dapper, charming suitor, wooing a landlady’s niece and settling into...
Jonathan Scott is one of the leading historians of 17th-century England. Here he continues the admirable expansion of his horizons to include oceans...
In East West Street (2017), Philippe Sands unfolded interwoven investigations that all sprang from the troubled history of Lviv in Ukraine. This...
The naval battle of La Hogue is not much remembered now, but Winston Churchill described it as ‘the 17th-century Trafalgar’. Had the French defeated...
One approach to studying strategy is to look at how people use the term and how they act when they claim to be acting ‘strategically’. The other is...
Walking on the Island of Mozambique last November, facing the Indian Ocean, I came upon a relic of a lost past. The Cine Teatro Nina was an imposing...

Fundamental things apply in a time of crisis.

What historical topic have I changed my mind on? The ‘greatness’ of Britain. 

The recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon saint’s relics reminds us of the fragility of human life and the power of hope.