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An international group of scientists has successfully sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, the epidemic that killed 60% of Europe's population in the 14th century.

The Apple founder, who died on 5th October, attributed much of his success to a historically-based course he took in calligraphy.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a 16th-century doppelganger...

Christopher Winn, author of I Never Knew That, lists four historic structures that have been moved to new locations.

When the BBC series was first broadcast 35 years ago, it set a benchmark for historical drama that has never been equalled.

Dr. Jerome de Groot of the University of Manchester considers the new series of Downton Abbey.

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy has proved the enduring public fascination of spies and espionage, but just how important are secret services and what role have they played in history?

Remembering the Texan gospel singer Washington Phillips.

How should the Holocaust be taught?  Rachel Hindle explains how a course in Jerusalem changed her approach to teaching this hugely complex and sensitive topic.

Paul Lay interviews Michael wood, author of The Story of England, a narrative of 2,000 years in the lfie of an 'utterly ordinary' English village.

What, if any, historical parallels can be made with the riots that have erupted in many parts of Britain over recent days?

The Australian secret agent known as the 'White Mouse', and once the Gestapo's most wanted person, died yesterday, August 7th, aged 98.

The heart of the last heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was buried on July 17th in Hungary.

The Cartoon Museum's exhibition celebrating 30 years of Steve Bell ends next week. Catch it while you still can.

Editor Paul Lay introduces our new book club.

On May 26th, Guyana celebrated 45 years of independence. Kathryn Hadley provides an overview of Guyanese history prior to independence. 

The newly refurbished Roman Vindolanda Museum opened last weekend. It will be home to nine of the Vindolanda Tablets, the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain, on loan from the British Museum.

If the current Arab Revolutions are comparable to '79 or '89 moments, Gaddafi is looking increasingly like Ceaucescu, suggests Paul Lay.   

On Monday February 14th, T. J. Clark gave a lecture entitled 'Picasso's Guernica revisted' at the British Museum. Ned Hercock, a DPhil candidate at the University of Sussex, discusses some of the art historian's main arguments.  

This week saw the launch of Sky Atlantic. Paul Lay praises the historical accuracy of some of the TV series broadcast by the US channel HBO and asks why the BBC has failed to produce drama of a comparable standard.    

Caligula was assassinated on January 24th, AD 41. He reputedly slept with his sisters and wanted to appoint his horse a consul. But was Tiberius' successor really insane or did he simply struggle to deal with the unlimited power that he received at such a young age?

Kathryn Hadley reveals the winners of the 2010 Longman-History Today Awards, announced yesterday evening at our annual party.

The first issue of History Today appeared sixty years ago today. In celebration, we are hosting our annual awards party, this evening, at the Museum of London. Kathryn Hadley charts the history of the magazine and reveals some of the winners of this year's awards.

Paul Lay considers the debate over the precise date of Twelfth Night.  

Kathryn Hadley reveals the shortlist for the Longman - History Today Book of the Year Award.