As the Nazis enclosed Warsaw’s Jewish quarter in a ghetto, a librarian set up a secret children’s library.
Thoughts, opinions and commentary on all things historical.
What did British officers think of the American Civil War as it was happening?
Hollywood’s golden age was born of the popularity of swords and sandals on the Victorian stage.
In 17th-century Tuscany and Malta some women were able to hold their abusers, members of the clergy, to account.
The Ukrainian-Polish border is a symbol of both international solidarity and the continuing threat that xenophobia poses to the European project.
People with learning or physical disabilities occasionally had unique opportunities in Tudor society.
There is value in a leader who lies – but only if it is done for the greater good.
The elixir of life, a mythical substance from ancient Chinese literature, underpins an enormous industry in modern China.
In the 19th century, servants at Oxford and Cambridge held a biennial boat race that was easily the equal of the students’.
How a German colony laid the groundwork for the alliance between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.