What historical topic have I changed my mind on? The ‘greatness’ of Britain.
History Today'What will future generations judge us most harshly for?
Forgetting what we in Europe have done to each other in the past – and believing we could not do it again.'
20 questions with @philippesands, from the May issue
The recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon saint’s relics reminds us of the fragility of human life and the power of hope.
History TodayIt is easy to be cynical about medieval relics, but the bones medieval churches treasured were the remains of people who had been loved and revered in life.
@ClerkofOxford in the May issue
The German historian Reimer Hansen chronicles the last days of the Nazi regime and shows how the detailed response to the Allied demands had a critical impact on the shape of post-war Europe.
History Today75 years ago today, the unconditional surrender of the German military to the Allied armed forces took effect on the battlefronts and in the theatres of the Second World War.
From the archive
The pioneering archaeologist and Oxbridge’s first woman professor, Dorothy Garrod was elected to the Chair of Archaeology on 6 May 1939.
History TodayThe first woman to become an Oxbridge professor, Dorothy Garrod also became the first prehistorian to be elected to the Chair of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge #OnThisDay in 1939.
Can we learn from history about how diseases spread, and how we respond to them?
History TodayIn his 'Journal of a Plague Year', Daniel Defoe described the mounting chaos as enforced isolation proved counterproductive. Too often, he argued, ‘private mischief’ won the battle against ‘general benefit’.
The anniversary of the abolition of slavery reminds us how visible the memory of Britain’s slave trade remains.
History TodayThe Liverpool street immortalised by the Beatles in their song ‘Penny Lane’ takes its name from the slave trader James Penny, who was vocal in his opposition to the abolition movement.