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A drunkard stands before his poor family and swears by the Holy Bible. Wood-engraving by J. Johnston, c. 1864, after G. Cruikshank. Wellcome Collection.

A richly textured portrait of the living standards of women and children in Victorian Britain.

Niccolò Machiavelli (detail), by Antonio Maria Crespi Castoldi, 17th century © SZ Photo/Scherl/Bridgeman Images.

Discovering Machiavelli’s talent for losing.

Theodore Roosevelt, c.1903 © New York Public Library/Bridgeman Images.

How presidential images show us that in politics, as in entertainment, appearances matter.

A young person applying makeup, 1927 © SZ Photo/Scherl/Bridgeman Images.

History at the boundaries of gender.  

Nieu Amsterdam, 17th-century Dutch engraving © New York Public Library/Bridgeman Images.

Understanding the power relations that transoceanic settlements and trade opened up.

Otto Wächter with German settlers in Sanok in 1940. Wiki Commons.

The origins of SS General Otto von Wächter’s rise to power.

A visit to Greenwich Hospital: the Painted Hall,  Illustrated London News, 22 April 1865 © Bridgeman Images.

The Painted Hall at Greenwich: how it was commissioned, its narrative and its meaning.

Troop formations from Precetti Militari by Francesco Marzioli, 1670 © akg-images.

The mobilisation of economic, diplomatic and military resources.

Mobile Cinema Van visits Ghana, 1950s. Information Service Department Photo Library, Ghana.

Studying African history through the lens of cinema.

Stone carvers during the construction of the Paris Opéra, Louis-Emile Durandelle, 1865–72. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The skills of the stone mason align with language to document a 30-year love affair with stone.