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The reasons for the brevity of the Latin presence in the 12th-century Eastern Mediterranean.

Manjirō Nakahama, late 19th century.

A teenager shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll helped transform relations between Japan and the United States.

The Brontë sisters portrayed by Patrick Branwell Brontë, c. 1834.

Since the moment Emily Brontë died we have tried – and failed – to understand who she was. 

'The Polling' (detail), the third in William Hogarth’s four-part series, An Election, 1754.

What electoral rights did Britons have in the century before 1918?

Republican women recite the Rosary outside Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison following the execution of IRA member Thomaas Traynor during the Anglo-Irish War.

Women played a minor role in the Easter Rising of 1916. But they became crucial intelligene agents in the Anglo-Irish War.

A woman swimming in the sea in Margate, Kent, Thomas Rowlandson, c.1800.

For 1,500 years, Western Europe ‘forgot’ how to swim, retreating from the water in terror. The return to swimming is a lesser-known triumph of the Enlightenment.

Monument commemorating the Battle of Naseby.

The dramatic events that shook Britain in the 17th century resonate more strongly than ever, despite attempts to marginalise them.

Schmidt, the new Chancellor of West Germany, 1974.

The West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was an admirer of Britain from an early age. But his vision of European integration was not that of his British counterparts. 

Combining grand narrative with vignettes of private lives and long-forgotten events, the last 500 years of Jewish life are told by a consummate master of his craft.

Still from The Sky Above, The Mud Below, 1961.

A geographical concept based on outdated European ideas of race – does 'Melanesia' exist?