History Matters

Thoughts, opinions and commentary on all things historical.

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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.

‘Illiterate men can contemplate in the lines of a picture’:  Gregory the Great, attributed to Carlo Saraceni, c.1610.

The concerns of a Sardinian abbess, as seen through the letters of Gregory the Great.

All the winners from this year's awards ceremony.

Bad wine: bottles of Lunardelli wine, Bibione near Venice, September 2003.

Never fully exorcised, the memory of Italy’s fascist past is fading.

How will modern women respond to the realities of a 16th-century life?

Meeting of cultures: Amelia Jackman in a cart, 19th century.

The diaries of a young teacher reveal the complexities of racial tensions in the Gold Coast.

Aeneas Introducing Cupid Dressed as Ascanius to Dido, by Giambattista Tiepolo, 1757.

A translator alters more than a text’s language, turning the process into a political statement.

From the heart of Europe to the world: Philip Roth (and Franz Kafka), 1968.

The late, great American novelist performed an important, but little-known, cultural role during the Cold War.  

These walls have ears: telephone exchange, Holborn, London, 1968.

As technology changes, so do ideas about the borders of the self and the nature of privacy.