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Detail from Massacre of the Innocents, Guido Reni, 1611.

The conflicts that devastated Renaissance Europe were justified by ancient ideas rooted in natural law and Christianity. Though replaced by legal frameworks for the conduct of war between states, the killing continues.

The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667.

A microhistory offers new insights into the creation of the Royal Society amid the intellectual brilliance of Restoration England.

Portrait of Émile Zola by Édouard Manet.

Life in 19th century London suburbia for art critic Émile Zola: Michael Rosen investigates.

A detail from The Expert Doctor’s Dispensatory and the Apothecary’s Shop, engraving, London, 1657.

How women shared medical knowledge in the 17th century.

Hitler and Goebbels on the set of Barcarole, 1935.

Nazi art never caught on, its architecture was unbuilt or destroyed, but its films were shot and seen by millions. The German dictator was a keen believer in the power of cinema and used it to...

Pacification with Maroons on the Island of Jamaica, by Agostino Runias (1728-96).

Maroon freedom fighters on two Caribbean islands helped hasten the abolition of slavery.

Issue of The War Illustrated showing Gurkhas in action, 1914.

One of the world's poorest countries, for much of its history Nepal has been hidden from the world.

Shop damage following Kristallnacht

A Jewish woman’s journey through Nazi Germany and Vichy France to safety in Switzerland.

Christabel (left) and Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903.

The Women’s Social and Political Union played a crucial role in the campaign to gain the vote for women. 

New universities sprung up across medieval Europe at a rapid rate, yet at the start of the 19th century, England had only two: Oxford and Cambridge. For centuries, England’s two oldest...