The Blog

After decades of advance, democracy in Europe has begun to look curiously vulnerable.

The author of Courtiers: The Secret History of Kensington Palace (Faber & Faber), and presenter of the BBC TV series, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home discusses her work with Paul Lay.

Paul Lay pays tribute to the playwright, dissident and former Czech president, who has died aged 75.

A surprising number of Archibishops of Canterbury have met a violent end. Christopher Winn looks at some of the more notorious examples.

The shortlist for the annual Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award has been announced.

The results of our informal poll to name the most important historian of the past 60 years are in.

As our 60th anniversary year nears its conclusion we asked distinguished historians to choose their favourite works of history produced in the last 60 years and to name the most important historian of the period.

We've whittled your nominations down to a shortlist; now it's time to vote for the most important historian, and the most important history book, of the past six decades.

To mark our 60th anniversary, we're asking our readers to nominate the most important historian, and the most significant history book, of the past six decades.

Listen to the infamous show that sparked a minor panic across parts of America.

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.

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

Editor Paul Lay introduces our new book club.

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.

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

Paul Dukes reviews Roland Chambers' The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome.