The Student Page
This page collects various articles published in both History Today and History Review concerning essay writing skills, exam techniques and a selection of our articles most frequently used in schools.
As well as the resources below, we also offer institutional access to the History Today online archive.
- The Gentle Art of Quoting Effectively
Robert Pearce, the editor of History Review, responds to common questions.
- Essays with Commentaries
Richard Hughes lends us the benefit of his expertise.
- Is Empathy an Aid or a Hindrance to Historians?
Leading historians discuss one of the burning questions of the day.
- The Sinking of the Maine
The United States battleship was blown up in an explosion during Cuba's uprising against Spain. What caused the explosion and who was responsible?
- How To Write a Good History Essay
The former editor of History Review Robert Pearce gives his personal view.
- The Great Dictators
What do the tyrants of the 20th century have in common? Terror, confusion and quasi-religious followings.
- The Black Hole of Calcutta
Richard Cavendish describes how British prisoners were held captive by the army of the Nawab of Bengal, for one night, in the 'black hole' of Fort William in Calcutta.
- The Foundation of Rome
The traditional date for the founding of Rome is April 21st, 753 BC.
- Is Social Media Good for History?
Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are widely used by historians. But does anyone benefit?
- Belgium's Heart of Darkness
King Leopold II’s personal rule of the vast Congo Free State anticipated the horrors of the 20th century, argues Tim Stanley.
- What was the Congress of Vienna?
Stella Ghervas examines the Great Powers’ attempt to create a new European order following the defeat of Napoleon.
- 1933: Death of a Democracy
On 1 January 1933, Germany was a democracy with a range of political parties. By the end of the year its parliament was a rubber stamp for Adolf Hitler’s will.
- The Treaty of Westphalia
On 24 October 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years' War.
- The Black Death: The Greatest Catastrophe Ever
Ole J Benedictow describes how he calculated that the Black Death killed 50 million people in the 14th century, or 60 per cent of Europe’s entire population.
- The Wrongful Death of Toussaint Louverture
The hero of the Haitian Revolution’s lonely death in a French prison cell was not an unfortunate tragedy but a cruel story of deliberate destruction.
- The Gadsden Purchase
The treaty to bring parts of present-day Arizona and New Mexico into the United States was signed on December 30th, 1853.
- The Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910, was one of the great revolutionary upheavals of the twentieth century.
- Architects of Failure: 100 years of Sykes-Picot
How an agreement signed in 1916 became shorthand for western treachery, greed and the impact of colonial machinations on the lives of local peoples.
- The Publication of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
A landmark in folklore was published on December 20th, 1812.
- The Crusades: A Complete History
A comprehensive account of a compelling and controversial topic, whose bitter legacy resonates to this day.
- The Harrying of the North
Victory at the Battle of Hastings did not guarantee William control of England. The rebellious North had to be brought into line, which it was, ruthlessly, in the winter of 1069.
- Murderous Games: Gladiatorial Contests in Ancient Rome
Gladiatorial shows turned war into a game, preserved an atmosphere of violence in time of peace, and functioned as a political theatre which allowed confrontation between rulers and ruled.
- Discovery of the Lascaux Cave Paintings
The Paleolithic illustrations were found on 12 September 1940.
- The Savagery and Civility of the Thanksgiving Feast
A celebrated image of the first Thanksgiving presents an idealised view of a troubled relationship.