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The Course of Empire: Destruction by Thomas Cole

Empires have been part of human history for millennia. Are they, of necessity, a bad thing?

John Buchan

An intimate understanding of John Buchan with a scholarly reading of the immense mass of his papers 

Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1580 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019/Bridgeman Images

Nicholas Hilliard was a portraitist at the pinnacle of his profession.

 God in the machine?: Detail from Darkness, by Wassily Kandinsky, 1943 © Bridgeman Images

Christian thinkers whose lives and thoughts connected in 1943, when it looked like the Allies were on top and minds turned to the future. 

Peace process: the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Russia, 7 February 1855

Writing treaties in two languages can lead to unexpected problems.

'A New Thing in Burglary', Illustrated Police News, 2 April 1898.

‘Lady burglars’ – as they were primly named by the late-Victorian press – had an almost mythical status. That nocturnal robberies were committed by women was often too much to countenance.

Storied life: Zsa Zsa Gabor with her poodle, Farouk, c.1960 © Ed Clark/LIFE/Getty Images

What connects a Hollywood star, a physicist of genius and a recently departed historian?

Holocaust

This episode examines the Nazi genocide through human interactions with three crime scenes.

History Today Quiz

Test your history knowledge in the monthly History Today quiz.

‘Oh, my fur and whiskers!’:  a hare or rabbit mosaic, from the House of Dionysus, Cyprus, third century AD © Bridgeman Images

Not content with bringing aqueducts, sanitation and roads, the Romans transformed Britain’s flora and fauna.