History Today Christmas Subscription offer.

Volume 67 Issue 6 June 2017

During a period of European peace, Spain sought to establish control of the Mediterranean. Yet a disastrous attempt to oust the Ottomans from North Africa threatened to accelerate the westward advance of Islam. 

The country may resemble a paradise, but it has been a troubled one. 

The real and mythical dangers of the wilderness.

The Lord Protector’s move on Jamaica transformed Britain’s early empire.

The big idea behind this book is that the most important difference between Europe and the rest of the world, which led to the Industrial Revolution...
When the Scottish explorer John Dundas Cochrane visited the town of Tobolsk in the early 1820s, he found ‘very good society … and the strongest...
Spitfire pilots Mary Ellis (left) and Joan Hughes ‘The menace is the woman who thinks she ought to be flying in a high-speed bomber when she really...
Titian’s Penitent Magdalene, 1567-68. Bradford’s hardest-working pensioner, David Hockney, has teamed up with the critic and author Martin Gayford...
John Lilburne (c.1614-57). John Rees’ new work on the Levellers is a different beast from the average academic monograph. While the core argument of...
What is most striking about these two histories is the commonality of gay and lesbian experiences across notional divides of time and place and the...

We ask leading historians 20 questions on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors ...

Is it ahistorical for public figures to say sorry for events that took place before they were born? The issue cuts to the heart of the relationship between the living and the dead.

An illustrated map of the US responded to Prohibition with puns.

Foreign traders were attracted to the City of London by England’s prosperous trade in wool and cloth. They were not always made welcome. 

Attempting to recover the human experience of Communism in the post-Soviet era, a Belarusian investigative journalist found pessimistic nostalgia in place of hope for the future. 

The challenges that Gibbon faced remain much the same for historians today.

Unlike his grandfather Chinggis Khan, the Mongol ruler Hulegu Khan is little known in the West. But his destruction of two Islamic empires, as well as a failed attempt to forge an alliance with Christendom, gave him a notoriety that persists to this day. 

Underneath the sweeping history of the Russian Revolution is another story, one told through the lesser-known people, moments and objects of a world in transformation.

The civil war that resulted from the division of Nigeria was a major human disaster that should not be forgotten. 

A Danish-German survey sought to unearth the roots of the Hebrew Bible in Arabia. It became the first to comprehend a new Islamic ideology, which now threatens the West.

As the Industrial Revolution wrought widespread social changes, female cotton industry workers’ lives changed dramatically.

In the interwar period, France and Germany worked towards an integrated Europe.  

Biography is something we associate with ‘great figures’ of history: generals, politicians, writers, artists and reformers. Rarely is the form used...