Volume 67 Issue 5 May 2017

In newly independent Indonesia, nationalism, communism and Islam competed for the attention of the people. But the country’s greatest novelist saw humanity behind the ideologies. 

Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit. 

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

The stethoscope revolutionised medicine, but it also provoked anxieties about the unfamiliar sounds it revealed.

Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist ideals and made a villain of a national hero.

The priestesses of the Oracle at Delphi played a pivotal role in the religious life of the ancient Greek world, connecting the human to the divine. 

The Six Day War of 1967, in which Israel devastated its Arab neighbours, also struck a blow against the military prowess of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellites.

Æthelred the Unready was king of a divided nation that lived in fear of the ‘divine punishment’ of the Vikings. Piety and prayer became his weapons of choice. 

In commissioning her biography, Emma, wife to two kings of England, created a subtle yet audacious piece of propaganda, used to maintain her position and secure her reputation.

The first in a new series exploring the history of a country in pictures begins with Cambodia. 

In his pursuit of Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell was guided by a prophecy foretelling treason.
 

Writing a history of transgender people poses unique problems.

The changing shape of the slave trade in the medieval Mediterranean.

New US equality laws in the 1960s meant a revolution in journalism, as the women of the press fought for their place.

Exuberant celebrations took place across China in 1959 to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Of particular...

Rarely an evening goes by without a television detective solving a horrific killing; more often than not the victim is an attractive young woman ...

Martin Brayne’s and Renaud Morieux’s books provide us with a welcome reminder that, ‘rather than a natural frontier between natural enemies’, the...

Was there ever before such an enterprise? It is certainly safe to say that when the ‘Committee to collect unregistered words in English’ met under...

Many histories of wine are written in a lyrical style, but Rod Phillips’ new book is not one of them. For Phillips, two and a half millennia of...

The long reign of Frederick Barbarossa, who ruled Germany from 1152 to 1190 and for most of this time was also Holy Roman Emperor, has not been...

This is a splendid and voluminous anthology, compiled from over 120 memoirs of a wide range of children of the Raj, including those of senior...