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Alternative Histories: Robert the Bruce on Rathlin Island

The Scottish patriot makes a surprising confession.

In the August issue of History Today

The outbreak of the First World War, the day Washington burned and the secret history of the Panama Canal.

The Black Prince and the Tour de France

The visitor to Leeds this summer may be surprised to see the Black Prince sporting the Maillot Jaune, usually worn by the leader of the Tour de France. Fortunately, there is a simple explanation.

Gallery: London's Bridges

Pictures of London's bridges, old and new.

The History Today Quiz: July 2014

This month's quiz includes questions on the Ottoman Empire, the Klondike Gold Rush and the Seven Years' War.

Reconstructing Baroque Opera

The recently opened Sam Wanamaker Theatre marks an intriguing step forward in the revival of baroque opera, says Mark Ronan. 

Alternative Designs for Tower Bridge

One of the world's most famous bridges turns 120 years old this week. But its distinctive design almost didn't come to pass.

Podcast: Africans in Georgian England

Onyeka joins us to introduce a number of aspiring Africans who made an impact on Georgian society during the 18th century.

In The Magazine

Ireland and the First World War

British historiography has been offered a once-in-a-generation opportunity to integrate Ireland’s contribution into analyses of the Great War, argues Catriona Pennell.

A New Moral Order: Britain at the Start of the Great War

When Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914 there was no outbreak of jingoism and no immediate rush to enlist. What Anthony Fletcher finds instead, in letters, diaries and newspapers, is a people who had little comprehension of the profound changes to come.

Dreadnoughts Without Wheels: The Schleswig-Holstein Question

Stephen Cooper and Ashley Cooper find parallels between the Schleswig-Holstein question and more recent European interventions.

The Fire Fly on Union Mills Bridge, 1863

Roger Hudson expands on a photograph of a locomotive taken during the American Civil War by one of Mathew Brady’s team.

The Many and the Few: Augustus, Tiberius and Roman Ideals

T.P. Wiseman looks at how Roman republican ideals and the struggle between optimates and populares shaped the lives and legacies of the Roman imperator, Augustus, and his designated successor, Tiberius.


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