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“United States, Showing the Relative Average Density of Existing Forests.” From Department of the Interior, Census Office,Sixteen Maps Accompanying Report On Forest Trees Of North America, By C.S. Sargent, 1884.

A round-up of some things we’ve enjoyed reading over the past week

Presepe (nativity scenes) in the Via San Gregorio Armeno

A round-up of some things we've enjoyed reading over the past week

 Major telegraph lines across the Earth in 1891

A round-up of some things we've enjoyed reading over the past week.

A few pictures of our suitably historic new abode.

The furore over Michael Gove's plans for the English curriculum shows our collective amnesia over our rich sources of literature and history, writes Paul Lay.

A vivid, colourful evocation of the city in AD 315.

The cultural events planned to mark the centenary of the First World War have taken a turn for the bizarre.

An interactive look at the Dutch-born artist's wartime art.

Jane Winters reviews two theatrical adaptations of Hilary Mantel's historical novels.

A recap of the recent event organised by the British Library and History Today.

All the news from our annual awards extravaganza.

A short video about an artwork at Kensington Palace, London.

The editor offers a brief introduction to the new-look History Today

Paul Lay recounts a trip to the site of Treblinka.

Alexander Lee shows that Belgium’s new king will have to learn the lessons of the past.

Alexander Lee finds a "lip-smacking smorgasbord of Tudor delights" in the work of William Shakespeare.

Christopher Winn looks at the history of London Bridge, whose most recent incarnation opened in March 1973.

Ra-Ra-Rasputin, Oliver's Army and the Dad's Army theme tune: a historically-tinged selection of karaoke classics.

Sheila Corr introduces the shortlisted titles in our annual award for picture research.

The shortlist for the best new history book of the year has been released.

Paul Lay remembers the historian and Tudor expert Eric Ives, who passed away this week.

William Hogarth, Painter and his Pug, 1745

William Hogarth’s life was a microcosm of the three main themes of Georgian life, argues Michael Dean.

Based on the covertly recorded conversations of soldiers after the Second World War, Sonke Neitzel examines the psychology of Nazism and questions the harsh realities of soldiering.

The need to manage the water supply has always been a driver of human history, argues Steven Mithen.