Interview

Frescoed shop in Pompeii, Luigi Bazzani c.1927. Wiki Commons.

‘If I was let loose in the archives of the Archaeological Museum in Naples I might never emerge.’

Julia Lovell at the 2019 Cundill History Prize.

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? To try to see things from multiple angles.

Sunil Amrith

My favourite archive? The India Office archives at the British Library.

Justin Marozzi

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? That we learn nothing from it.

Roger Moorhouse

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

Helen Parr

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Complacency.

Matthew Sweet

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

Niall Ferguson.

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Losing the Second Cold War to China.’

Emma Smith.

‘We can’t see our own blindspots, so, as we anatomise those of our predecessors, we perpetuate our own.’

Alexandra Wilson.

‘What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? That the same arguments come around again and again.’