History

field cloth gold

The festival where Henry VIII and Francis I made their peace

June 11, 2020 3:29 pm

On the 500th anniversary of the Field of the Cloth of Gold

resistance

COVID-19 vs the American spirit of resistance

April 27, 2020 7:04 am

Americans are polarized in their attitudes to risk

radical

The radical history of The Spectator

April 26, 2020 10:57 am

Once again, The Spectator was putting principle before both party and profit

mr spectator 10,000th

Sugared with wit: How ‘Mr Spectator’ came to life

April 23, 2020 12:11 pm

He was the ideal role model for a newly urban and commercial society

spanish flu

Should ‘Spanish flu’ have been known as ‘American flu’?

March 22, 2020 7:05 am

Some victims were dead within 12 hours of their first symptoms of Spanish flu

1619 project hannah-jones

The 1619 Project is the 2019 Project — and the 2020 Project

December 24, 2019 5:53 am

The New York Times is stoking the woke with a narrative of shame

turgenev

A ménage à trois that worked: Ivan Turgenev and the Viardots

October 4, 2019 4:46 pm

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture by Orlando Figes reviewed

woke history

Woke history is making big inroads in America’s high schools

September 17, 2019 4:08 pm

The cleansing power of ethnic studies

history

Will history survive?

February 18, 2019 6:23 am

The ongoing monument controversy shows the susceptibility of ‘liberating tolerance’ to fanaticism

rorke’s drift

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat: the story of Rorke’s Drift

January 17, 2019 10:50 am

Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana: Great Battles by Ian F.W. Beckett reviewed

ron chernow

Ron Chernow’s best jokes

November 19, 2018 1:13 pm

Get ready for the 69-year-old biographer of Alexander Hamilton and Ulysses S. Grant to bring down the house

1918 armistice

Celebrating the 1918 Armistice resulted in thousands more deaths

November 8, 2018 2:49 pm

A week of dancing and flag-waving saw a sharp rise in casualties of the flu pandemic, as jubilant crowds helped spread the infection

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

In the garden of good and evil: the power of the poppy

November 1, 2018 10:47 pm

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis reviewed

endeavour

A date with Venus in Tahiti

August 30, 2018 7:26 am

Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World reviewed

The artist who breathes Technicolor life into historic photographs

August 2, 2018 10:23 am

‘My goal is to build a bridge between the present and the past.’

Russia’s obsession with securing a warm-water port changed the history of Central Asia

June 14, 2018 5:59 pm

In the 13th century, having overrun and terrorised Europe as far as Budapest, and in the process possibly bringing with…