History Matters

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The War on Dogs

The dog cull of 1760 divided London: were dogs man’s best friend, or plague-ridden pests?

Empire in the Everyday

The everyday concerns of two Korean farmers are a microcosm of the huge changes their country underwent in the early 20th century.

Bombs for Peace

To justify their use, nuclear weapons were rebranded as a force for good.

Against the Odds

The Battle of the Springs of Cresson marked the beginning of the end for the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

The Wing of Friendship

Charles Dickens’ most enduring friendship was with his sister-in-law, who has been remembered as his housekeeper.

Codes and Crowns

Fifty encrypted letters sent by Mary, Queen of Scots have recently been deciphered. What have we learnt?