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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.

‘The Valley that Waits for Drowning or Reprieve’: Capel Celyn, Merionethshire, 27 February 1957.

Can Welsh history be separated from British history, or are they too intertwined?

Touching the divine: Shiva as Lord of the Dance, bronze, Chola period, 10th-11th century.

Lal Ded was a pioneer of Kashmiri poetry, who raised the consciousness of the common people and challenged ideas of caste, religion and gender.