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.
- Latimer and Ridley Burned at the Stake
The Oxford Martyrs were killed on 16 October 1555.
- Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Alliance
The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Alliance, the first between a European country and an Asiatic power against a Western rival, was signed on 30 January 1902.
- St George and the Dragon
A medieval myth with deep roots that captured the imagination of western Europe’s age of chivalry.
- Could the Soviet Union Have Survived?
We ask four historians whether the demise of one of the 20th century’s superpowers was as inevitable as it now seems.
- Advice on Handling Sources
Ben Sandell provides a series of tips on how to gain the best grade.
- The Greatest Political Cartoon of All Time?
Tim Benson, founder of the Political Cartoon Society, introduces his ten favourite cartoons published in Britain.
- How Good is Television as a Medium for History?
Four historians consider how their discipline can best reach a mass audience.
- Why has the Gunpowder Plot Been Remembered for Centuries?
Four historians consider the extraordinary longevity of a popular English festival.
- Napoleon takes Power in France
Napoleon Bonaparte took power in France on November 9th/10th 1799.
- ‘Bloody Sunday’ in St Petersburg
About 200 people died and 800 were wounded during the march led by Father George Gapon on 22 January 1905.
- Missing Links: The Victorian Freak Show
In Victorian Britain, attitudes towards race, gender, disability and Empire were all to be found in the popular ‘freak shows’.
- The Emancipation of the Russian Serfs, 1861
Michael Lynch takes a fresh look at the key reform of 19th-century Russia.
- Ten Essay Tips
Essays are no longer the be-all and end-all of history assessment; but the ability to write a good essay is still vital. Robert Pearce gives some advice.
- Do Historical Objects Belong in their Country of Origin?
Four historians consider one of the most contentious questions facing the West’s museums and galleries.
- 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.