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Napoleon on Elba, 1814

Two hundred years ago this month, the Treaty of Fontainebleau saw Napoleon exiled to Elba. Why was he treated so lightly?

Johnson and Boswell at the Pleasure Dome of Kublai Khan

The time-travelling pair continue their adventure with a visit to Shangdu.

In the May issue of History Today

The last days of India's first prime minister, travels with the King of Siam and how the Scots invented Britishness.

The History Today Quiz: April 2014

This month's quiz features questions on the Crimean War, the first European in New Zealand and the Suez Canal.

Twilight of the History Gods: Jacques Le Goff, 1924-2014

Does the death of French medievalist Jacques Le Goff mark the end of an era in historical scholarship, asks Alexander Lee.

Alternative Histories: Cnut the Great

The ancient king tries a more modern approach to stopping the waves.

Thousands of Historic Maps Released by New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has released over 20,000 maps and cartographic works into the public domain under a Creative Commons licence.

In Pictures: Victims of the Black Death in London

Images of the 14th-century skeletons discovered beneath the streets of the capital.

In The Magazine

Louis XIV and the King of Siam

A foothold in Siam offered new trading opportunities for France in the late 17th century, as well as a chance to spread the Catholic faith. Peter Murrell describes French efforts via a series of embassies between the two countries.

Commemorating Clontarf

One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles in Irish history took place a thousand years ago this month.

Asquith: A Prime Minister at War

As a peacetime premier Herbert Asquith was held in high regard, but the First World War undid his reputation. That is an unfair judgment, argues Roland Quinault.

Constructing Modernism

Andrew Higgott surveys the contested legacy of modern architecture in Britain from the first machine age to the dawn of the digital.

Christchurch, a City of Dreams

Since two earthquakes destroyed the cathedral and much of central Christchurch in September 2010 and February 2011, the city is slowly recovering. Jenifer Roberts recalls the city’s first settlers.

Book Reviews

Art and the Second World War

How far did artists in the Second World War support the war effort of their respective nations and perhaps become a propaganda arm of those fighting it – and did the quality of their art necessarily suffer as a result?

Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty

Hugh Brogan is unimpressed by a poorly written book whose tedious prose  'insults the memory of Tocqueville'.

Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy

A biography of 'the English Enlightenment hero that England has never been enlightened enough to honour'.

Healthy Living in Late Renaissance Italy

Medical advice from our Renaissance forebears.


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