Volume 67 Issue 3 March 2017

The Alaska Purchase was signed on March 30th, 1867.

The American poet died on March 26th, 1892 after completing his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, a year earlier. 

Laughing at experts is nothing new. Kate Davison explores our long history of puncturing the powerful with satire and humour – to keep them in line and just for the fun of it.  

Struggling to make sense of the Holocaust, one Hungarian novelist came to the startling realisation that the 20th century’s darkest moment might not yield any lessons for posterity.

The small city of Hereford became one of England’s most important pilgrim sites due to the many miracles attributed to a local saint.

In a world of rapid growth in maritime trade, understanding the tides was vital. Yet it was a complex process, dependent on science, geography, mathematics, religion and ego, writes Hugh Aldersey-Williams.

Kate Wiles highlights the Ottoman cartographer Piri Re'is and his charts, which blend navigation and art.

An account of the man who split western Christendom for good.

Along with Robin Hood, the romantic highwayman is one of the great myths of English outlawry. But the model for this most gallant of rogues was a Frenchman, who carried out audacious robberies with a touch of Parisian flair. John Sugden on Claude Duval’s life and legend.

Since the Iliad, war has inspired stories – mixing fact and fiction – which reveal as much, if not more, about the realities of conflict as academic studies. John E. Talbott examines writing about ‘the human condition at its most extreme’.

It is widely believed that the Crusades were a clash of civilisations. But a closer examination reveals a complexity that has eluded many historians.

The 18th century saw many royal deaths, all of which had to be mourned. The effect was felt in every part of life.

Drake’s exploits in the New World made him perfect material for the English gutter press and a figurehead for rising Hispanophobia.

British systems of welfare and adult social care are not so different from aspects of the traditional Poor Laws.

Looking beyond the usual rogues’ gallery of historical figures can help us to better understand the past.

If you have recently eaten out, gone to hospital or shopped at a supermarket, the chances are that your life intersected with that of a migrant...

In his autobiography Interesting Times (2002) Hobsbawm wrote that, although he never tried to become or saw himself as a Latin...

Though written more for the academic than the lay reader, this ambitious series traces the lives and experiences of women through history. ...

This slim book is an extended assault on the often catastrophic consequences of collective memory. Against the current mantra that nations, like...