Volume 64 Issue 2 February 2014

The First War Artist

Julia Jones examines The career of Willem van de Velde the Elder, the first official war artist.

A One-sided Account

After reading an article first published in History Today in 2004, Jeremy Treglown is struck by how much more complex our view of the Spanish Civil War has become in just a decade. 

Augustus and Cleopatra

Christopher Smith revels in reappraisals of both Augustus 2,000 years after his death and of Cleopatra, the so-nearly queen of Rome.

Captain Scott's Secret

When he started researching the great era of Antarctic exploration, Chris Turney had no desire to add to the commentary on the deaths of Scott and his men. But, during his investigations, he stumbled across a new aspect of the story, with implications for the way the men’s memory is honoured.

Poverty's Policeman

The desire to distinguish between the deserving and undeserving poor is nothing new, says David Filtness. The founder of the Thames Police, Patrick Colquhoun, was both radical and draconian in his approach to crime and Poor Law reform.

In Focus: Kabul 1879

Roger Hudson explains a photographic panorama, taken at the beginning of the Second Afghan War, of the ancient and forbidding fortress of Bala Hissar.

Reluctant Regicides

Why do modern Britons still find it so hard to acknowledge their revolutionary past?