The Student Page
From gladiators in Ancient Rome to the twentieth century, browse below to find a selection of our most popular articles for schools and colleges across the world.
Published in History Review and History Today, this list also includes articles on essay writing skills, exam techniques and other tips.
While the articles are aimed at students on courses in the UK, and may be outdated, there is still much that is relevant for any student of history. However, it's important to bear in mind that the opinions expressed won't necessarily correspond to the best practice for your own syllabus.
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King Leopold II’s personal rule of the vast Congo Free State anticipated the horrors of the 20th century, argues Tim Stanley.
The Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910, was one of the great revolutionary upheavals of the twentieth century.
A landmark in folklore was published on December 20th, 1812.
Canberra was born on March 12th, 1913.
Stella Ghervas examines the Great Powers’ attempt to create a new European order following the defeat of Napoleon.
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.
A comprehensive account of a compelling and controversial topic, whose bitter legacy resonates to this day.
The Paleolithic illustrations were found on 12 September 1940.
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 royal flight to Varennes took place on June 20th, 1791.
Kate Wiles provides context for the first European image of the Aztec capital, razed by the Spanish in 1521.
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.
A celebrated image of the first Thanksgiving presents an idealised view of a troubled relationship.
The grand funeral of Anne of Cleves, the neglected fourth queen of Henry VIII, took place during the reign of Mary Tudor, when English Catholicism was resurgent.
Before the British Empire and the Atlantic slave trade, Africans lived freely in Tudor England.
The world’s most popular fast food has ancient roots, but it was a royal seal of approval that set it on the path to global domination.
A medieval myth with deep roots that captured the imagination of western Europe’s age of chivalry.
In Victorian Britain, attitudes towards race, gender, disability and Empire were all to be found in the popular ‘freak shows’.
Four historians consider how their discipline can best reach a mass audience.
Four historians consider one of the most contentious questions facing the West’s museums and galleries.