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Rhys Griffiths

The staff of History Today pick their favourite articles of the past year.  

View of Ancient Babylon, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, 1721.

The two rivers where civilisation began.

Summit of Rigi-Kulm, Switzerland, c.1900.

The 1,200 square miles of mountains that make up the Alps have been both frontier and a venue for fun.

Fill-in-the-blank postcard, c.1940.

From the taming of the ‘Wild West’ to the lucrative wages of sin.

Still from The Sky Above, The Mud Below, 1961.

A geographical concept based on outdated European ideas of race – does 'Melanesia' exist?

Beyond the popular image of a harsh, vast expanse. 

Welsh flag cigarette card, 20th century.

‘The Welsh would be insuperable if only they were inseparable.’

Prora in 2004.

On the coast of Rügen island in northern Germany is a beach resort fit for a Führer.

Pulled Apart by the Great Powers, from ‘L’Assiette au Beurre’, 1903.

The North African country before and after Islam. 

Issue of The War Illustrated showing Gurkhas in action, 1914.

One of the world's poorest countries, for much of its history Nepal has been hidden from the world.