Historians are tethered to the archive, but sometimes fixing the gaps requires the techniques of a novelist.
History can teach, inspire, warn, include and exclude; its uses change to fit the present moment.
The historian Eric Hobsbawm kept faith with the Marxist orthodoxies of his youth even after the Soviet invasions of Hungary in 1956, of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Why?
Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are widely used by historians. But does anyone benefit?
A French medieval historian, who served his country in both world wars, helped pioneer a new approach to history in between them.
How important is the study of the powerful, epoch-defining individual?
Despite the myth of a lone genius toiling away into the night, history is a collective endeavour.
Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit.
The leading light of the French Annales school revolutionised the writing of history by imbuing it with wider, holistic, narratives and literary flair, says Alexander Lee.