History Today

A picture essay on the Saudi kingdom might easily resemble an atrocity exhibition. 

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

The past can seem like a timeline of horrors. But might it also remind us of our own failings – and help to put them right?

Understanding the period and context in which a piece of music was created can offer great rewards for the listener.

The First World War ensured the success of the Russian Revolution. Peace would have strangled it at birth. 

The arrival of a Christian mission on the island of Dobu in Papua New Guinea was met with ambivalence, but it resulted in a mixing of cultures and the development of new traditions.
 

The dramatic life of the outlaw and special agent Eşref Bey epitomises the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Leo Steveni was a British officer based in St Petersburg at the time of the Russian Revolution. He became an active eyewitness to the chaos of the Civil War that followed.

An unsolved Renaissance mystery casts light on the dark world of extortion, revenge and power politics at the heart of the Catholic Church.

The arrival of big cats to 19th-century London forced a change in the image left by mythology and the Old Masters.