National Army Museum

Paul Lay

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

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

History on television is long overdue a radical rethink.

The relentless scramble for dubious parallels reveals worrying levels of historical illiteracy.

The events of 2016 may seem bleak, but the study of history offers some context for those who believe we are living through the worst of times. 

A more nuanced conversation among historians of multiple perspectives might have improved the level of debate.