The Blog

Mathew Lyons on why Horse Guards Parade was an appropriate location to host the Olympic beach volleyball.

There's a remarkable similarity between the late Beatle and the wartime leader of the Serbian Chetniks...

Britain's Olympic success was the result of marrying science with sporting methodology. Can the same techniques be applied to history?

Carnegie, Harvard and other Britons who have made significant cultural contributions to the United States.

Each period has its heroes who inhabit the moment. Today we are living in the age of the sporting superstar.

John Keegan, arguably the finest military historian of his age, has died after a long illness.

The Oscar-winning film is re-released ahead of the Olympic Games.

Paul Lay considers the study of Late Antiquity and the rise of global history.

Christopher Winn recalls the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and other mysterious drownings.

Sarah Fraser considers how the Statutes of Iona were an early answer to the problems of citizenship and integration.

Philip White responds to Tim Stanley’s article in History Today this month, on academics seeking stardom.

James Burge discusses Dumfries house, an eighteenth-century Ayrshire mansion saved for the nation through the auspices of Prince Charles.

Keith Lowe argues that in history, there is no weapon quite so powerful as a good statistic.

On June 2nd, 1953 Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in the first coronation service to be televised. Here are more pioneering Royals.

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female Prime Minister on May 4th, 1979. Some other firsts claimed by those occupying the country's highest office.

The links between Dante's The Divine Comedy and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN are deeper than one might imagine.

Paul Lay responds to the suggestion that we should dismiss Eric Hobsbawm because of his pro-Communist sympathies.

Paul Lay is impressed by a new book that illustrates Britain's historical and present-day ignorance over China.

Britain's political elite are often criticised for having few achievements away  from Whitehall. Richard Foreman contrasts their inexperience with the 19th-century statesman Lord Rosebery.

Clearing up the confusion over whether the battleship Mary Rose was named for Henry VIII's favourite sister.

Paul Lay is mostly underwhelmed by the current crop of factual historical programmes on television.

Archive film footage of the Nazis' V-2 rocket, and illustrations of its potent explosive power.

Ahead of London's mayoral elections this May, Sonia Purnell, Boris Johnson's biographer, explains how City Hall has been shaped by history and a desire to limit the mayor's power.

Richard Hamilton on why the West has overstated the role of social media and understated the oral tradition in the Arab Spring.

Charlotte Crow considers some of the events marking International Women's Day, and picks some fine articles from the History Today archive.