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Peace process: the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Russia, 7 February 1855

Writing treaties in two languages can lead to unexpected problems.

‘Oh, my fur and whiskers!’:  a hare or rabbit mosaic, from the House of Dionysus, Cyprus, third century AD © Bridgeman Images

Not content with bringing aqueducts, sanitation and roads, the Romans transformed Britain’s flora and fauna.

Defiant: Jesse Owens after winning the 100m at the Berlin Olympics, August 1936 © Getty Images

How the Nazi persecution of Jews shaped the African-American freedom struggle.

Claire Breay with Paul Lay

All the winners from this year's awards ceremony.

The sound of silence: ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’, by Alfred Latour, from Modern Woodcuts and Lithographs by British and French Artists,  by Geoffrey Holme, 1919 © Getty Images

The devastating fire at Notre-Dame destroyed more than just bricks.

A starboard bow view of ships of tanker convoy No. 12 underway in the Persian Gulf, 21 October 1987

If tensions between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf lead to war, it will not be the first time.

‘Hitler wants Hogg’: children with placards supporting A.D. Lindsay, Oxford, 27 October 1938.

The by-elections of 1938 are part of the long history of Independent Progressives in British politics.

Detail from the cover of Gilbert White’s Selborne, early 20th century

Despite his influence on the likes of Charles Darwin, the 18th-century ‘parson-naturalist’ is sorely underrated.

Speaking truth to power:  Dolle Mina in Margriet’s offices,  20 February 1970.

Throughout the 1970s, the feminist group Dolle Mina combined radical protests with conceptual art.

Behaving: puritan worship in the time of Elizabeth I, lithograph from The Church of England: A History for the People, by H.D.M. Spence-Jones, 1910.

At a moment when puritans had to tread carefully, William Hacket tried to overthrow the queen and Church.