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New to the Archive: July 31st

This week's additions to the History Today archive.

Slideshow: Military Life in London during the First World War

Christina Broom's photographs of the capital. 

The Great War: A Conflict From Another World

Paul Lay reflects on the differences between his generation and that of his grandfather, who fought in the First World War.

Video: The Comet's First Flight

Watch footage of the world's first jet airliner making its maiden trip.

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.

In The Magazine

Hanging on to Hanover

Three hundred years ago, in August 1714, the Protestant Elector of Hanover ascended to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland, becoming George I. Graham Darby describes the latter phase of the personal union, which lasted until 1837.

Pitted Against the Bear: Britain, Russia and Crimea

Britain and Russia came close to blows over Crimea in the 18th century.

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.


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