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Rise and fall: Cromwell Dissolving the Long Parliament, by Benjamin West (1782).

The English republic was brought down by the same forces that brought it to power.

The national campaign for suffrage saw women forming societies from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

José Luis Bustamante y Rivero, c.1940s

The rise and fall of José Luis Bustamante’s left-wing presidency.

Compositeur fantastique: Hector Berlioz, by Pierre Petit, c.1860.

The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.

Reconciliation: a heart garden planted during the Indian Residential Schools Truth  and Reconciliation Commission,  3 June 2015. (Press Association Images/Sean Kilpatrick)

Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples has been described as ‘cultural genocide’.

English resistance: miniature showing Edmund’s death, from  ‘The Lives of St Edmund and  St Fremund’, c.1450. (Bridgeman Images)

The cult of the quintessentially English saint was the product of the Vikings who defeated him.

Detail from a Carrier Air Conditioning advert, United States, 1950s.

Air conditioning across the US brought an industrial boom – at a cost to the environment. 

Newspapers’ sensational coverage has changed very little in the 130 years since the Ripper first struck. 

Given the boot: monarchists and the Iranian army celebrate in Tehran, 27 August 1953.

Why the British government can’t reveal more about an ‘open secret’. 

Ellan Vannin: postcard, late 19th/early 20th century.

From monks to Vikings to tourists, Manx has (almost) survived against the odds.