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The Battle of Quiberon Bay, Nicholas Pocock, 1812.
In 1759, Admiral Hawke secured a daring victory over the French fleet at Quiberon Bay. It surpasses Nelson’s triumph at Trafalgar in its significance.

Brian James

The myths that surround Charles I mask the realities of a courageous and uxorious king

Leanda de Lisle

‘War is an uncivil game and can’t be civilised’, said one Union sergeant of General Sherman’s rampage through Georgia in 1864.

Matt Carr

From the Archive: Ottoman Empire

Detail of Djerba from Abraham Ortelius’ Map of the Mediterranean, 1570.
During a period of European peace, Spain sought to establish control of the Mediterranean.

Bruce Ware Allen

Getting and keeping the throne in the Ottoman Empire was no easy task. For a new sultan, the most foolproof method of securing power was to kill all other claimants.

Gemma Masson

Young Turk: Enver Pasha, c.1911. © Ullstein Bild /Getty Images.
The dramatic life of the outlaw and special agent Eşref Bey epitomises the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Benjamin C. Fortna

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City by the sea: a view of Lisbon, 1548, Spanish woodcut.

A readable history of the Portuguese capital emphasises the modern at the expense of the city’s deeper past. 

Mikhail Gorbachev and Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika triggered an outpouring of resentment across the USSR. In 1986, young Kazakhs made their voices heard, but the Soviet regime was not ready to listen.

Indian suffrage campaigners on the Women’s Coronation Procession, London, 1911.

Britain was neither the first country, nor the last, to give women the vote. It was one part of a global movement.

Marie Schmolka’s identity card.

Female volunteers such as Marie Schmolka played a decisive role in the collaborative project to rescue beleaguered Jewish children.

Helen McCarthy.

‘People can surprise you. They often don’t fit into the categories we impose on them.’

For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars. Then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. 

Miniature of woman reading, from the Chronicles of the King of France, by Robert Gaguin, Paris, 1514.

An increasingly powerful state was made possible by the creation of archival networks.

A new life: a moorish woman in Granada, from Christoph Weiditz’s Trachtenbuch, 1530s.

A previously unnamed slave in Catherine of Aragon’s bedchamber may have known the answer to one of history’s greatest questions.

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Volume 68 Issue 11 November 2018

  • The end of the First World War
  • Tyrants and robots
  • Mental illness in the 19th century
  • Lenin, the Machiavellian Marxist
  • Snoopy’s war
  • Catherine of Aragon’s slave
  • Fake news

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