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The Flying Ace reflected one generation’s memories of war and shaped those of the next.

War of words: Sefton Delmer broadcasting to Germany from the BBC, 1 November 1941.

Britain’s psychological warfare campaign against the Nazis pre-empted the information wars of the 21st century. 

Detail of the Lindisfarne Gospels, f.27r (c) British Library Board.

The British Library’s new exhibition is a star-studded tour of the Anglo-Saxons at their most eloquent.

Rise and fall: Cromwell Dissolving the Long Parliament, by Benjamin West (1782).

The English republic was brought down by the same forces that brought it to power.

The national campaign for suffrage saw women forming societies from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

José Luis Bustamante y Rivero, c.1940s

The rise and fall of José Luis Bustamante’s left-wing presidency.

Compositeur fantastique: Hector Berlioz, by Pierre Petit, c.1860.

The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.

Reconciliation: a heart garden planted during the Indian Residential Schools Truth  and Reconciliation Commission,  3 June 2015. (Press Association Images/Sean Kilpatrick)

Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples has been described as ‘cultural genocide’.

English resistance: miniature showing Edmund’s death, from  ‘The Lives of St Edmund and  St Fremund’, c.1450. (Bridgeman Images)

The cult of the quintessentially English saint was the product of the Vikings who defeated him.

Detail from a Carrier Air Conditioning advert, United States, 1950s.

Air conditioning across the US brought an industrial boom – at a cost to the environment.