History Today

Travels Through Time Aanchal Malhotra Remnants of a Separation

In this episode we travel to the summer of 1947 to witness the chaotic, catastrophic sequence of events surrounding Indian independence and the subsequent Partition.

‘Constantine’s Dream’ by Piero della Francesca, from the fresco cycle, the History of the True  Cross, 1459-66, Basilica di San Francesco, Arezzo, Italy.

A mythical turning point in the history of Europe.

Bolshevik (1920) by Boris Kustodiev.

Four historians consider the desirability of profound political change and the methods used to attain it.

Travels Through Time The Debate Of Socrates And Aspasia

In this episode meet Socrates and Aspasia: the philosopher who changed the way we think about the world and the woman who changed him.

‘I’d be disappointed if I didn’t meet Emperor Claudius in the afterlife.’

Yunnan

In this episode, writer and Gardeners' Question Time panellist Matthew Biggs travels to 1905 to watch the plant hunter George Forrest begin an ill-omened expedition into the mountains of Yunnan.

A portrait depicting the Elgin Marbles in a temporary Elgin Room at the British Museum surrounded by museum staff, a trustee and visitors, 1819

Four historians consider one of the most contentious questions facing the West’s museums and galleries.

Moudhy Al-Rashid.

‘Humans change very little over time. We love, worry and hope today in much the same way as we did 5,000 years ago.’

He Xian Gu on a celestial crane, from the album of 18 Taoist paintings by Zhang Lu (1464-1538), displayed in the Shanghai Museum.

The Taoist Immortal.

Sir Isaac Newton.

In this episode Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science at the University of Cambridge, visits three events pivotal to the genesis of Isaac Newton's paradigm-shattering book the Principia Mathematica.