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In this issue:

  • Children of the Russian Revolution 
  • People of the Future
  • Capturing the Cat
  • The Spears of Peace
  • Murders at the Vatican
  • National Gallery: Saudi Arabia
  • The Man in Carriage No. 2013
  • A Kinder, Gentler History
  • Plus: On the Spot with Andrew Roberts, Indigenous armies, Sierra Leone and subversive texts.


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Selected articles from this issue

Photo fo Andrew Roberts.

By History Today

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

It’s not you, it’s me: The Lover’s Tiff, Paolo Mei, 1872. © Bridgeman Image

By Suzannah Lipscomb

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?

The shellac recording of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s ‘Livery Stable Blues’, 1917.  Granger/Alamy

By Alexander Lee

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

Decisive year: a Soviet propaganda poster, c.1917. © Heritage Images/akg-images.

By Paul Lay

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

Eleanor (Nellie) Walker and an unidentified Dobuan woman, 1890.

By Deb Lee-Talbot

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.

 Steveni (third from right) outside his private carriage, No. 2013, next to Admiral Kolchak and his mistress, Mme Timireva.

By Catherine Boylan

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.

Cardinal Bandinello Sauli, His Secretary, and Two Geographers, Sebastiano del Piombo, 1516.

By Catherine Fletcher

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

By Caroline Good

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

Demonstrators on International Youth Day, 1920.

By Andy Willimott

The October Revolution of 1917 inspired a generation of young Russians to embrace new ideals of socialist living.

Courtesy Library of Congress/Geography and Map Division.

By Kate Wiles

An early 18th century map produced by Anna van Westerstee Beeck.