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Stereograph View of the Houses of Parliament, 1850s–1910s. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The life of one of the leading British historians of the mid-20th century.

Portrait of the Musgrave Morris boys, with John Armine Morris (b.1813), later Sir John Morris, 3rd Baronet of Clasemont on the left and George Byng Morris (b.1816) on the right, c.1830 (detail) © Bridgeman Images.

How, in Jane Austen’s England, sons without a fortune tried to find one.

Grand Hotel Dolder, Zurich, Switzerland, c.1900.

At the turn of the 20th century, Switzerland embraced the Grand Hotel. The First World War brought one golden age of hotels to an end, ushering in a new, more uncertain one.   

London police search a black youth on Talbot Road, Notting Hill, during the race riots, 3 September 1958 © Getty Images.

Police brutality and stop-and-search are yet another legacy of Empire.

Japanese travel poster for the Great Wall of China,1937 © Bridgeman Images.

The story of China and Japan, and the periodic efforts to find a modus vivendi.

A meeting of the British Communist Party, Earls Court, London, 5 August 1939 © Hulton Getty Images.

It was not the Nazi-Soviet Pact, but the ‘Party line’, which brought an end to the era of ‘fellow travellers’, 80 years ago.


The human cost and conflict behind ‘beef for everyone’.

A Man seated reading at a Table in a Lofty Room, Follower of Rembrandt, c.1628-30.

Loneliness as an emotion was absent in English writing before 1800. What does the diary of a Georgian widower reveal about its connection with the loss of faith?

The 2nd Dragoon Guards, the Queen's Bays, routing the Lucknow mutineers near the Hyderabad road, Orlando Norie, 1859. Brown University Library/Wiki Commons.

Documenting the men and women who took a stand against the imperial tide.

Mao Zedong (second from left) meeting farm workers to congratulate them on their yield, 9 February 1958 © Hulton Getty Images.

How China’s landscape prevented even greater losses in the Great Famine.