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What is the Value of Economic History?

When we ask historians which genre of history they like least, the most common answer is economic. Is the field unjustly maligned?

10 Dec 2019 2:47 pm
Airy and Rational Animals

Airy and Rational Animals

10 Dec 2019 2:06 pm
The Journey of the Magi

Three wise men, guided by a star, search for the new-born Christ.

9 Dec 2019 2:25 pm
Cambodia's Crimes Unpunished

Cambodia's Crimes Unpunished

9 Dec 2019 1:58 pm
A History of Haggis

The origins of haggis are as mysterious as the Loch Ness Monster.

6 Dec 2019 1:46 pm
Books of the Year 2019

Covering Hong Kong, the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, porcine inebriation and the Battle of Algiers, nine historians select their favourite books of the past year.

5 Dec 2019 2:37 pm
December Quiz

Who was the Father of History? Do you know which was the first city to be bombed from the air?

4 Dec 2019 2:11 pm
The Studious Resistance of Marc Bloch

A French medieval historian, who served his country in both world wars, helped pioneer a new approach to history in between them.

26 Nov 2019 2:18 pm
Unravelling the History of Wool

Unravelling the History of Wool

26 Nov 2019 2:15 pm
The Velvet Revolution In The Regions

What took ten years in Poland took ten days in Czechoslovakia. But, as some Czechs would discover, not all revolutions are equal.

22 Nov 2019 2:03 pm
The Female Rulers of Medieval France

But for one turning point, Ermengarde, Viscountesse of Narbonne, might be as well known as Eleanor of Aquitaine.

21 Nov 2019 1:43 pm
Empire and Celebrity

In the 18th century, celebrity culture helped make the British Empire seem both a part of everyday life and a place of fantasy.

20 Nov 2019 1:45 pm
A Perfect Landing

Overshadowed between two dramatic missions, the success of Apollo 12 was vital to the continuing space project.

19 Nov 2019 2:30 pm
Death of the Man in the Iron Mask

The mysterious prisoner died at the Bastille on 19 November 1703.

19 Nov 2019 2:06 pm
Travels Through Time: Sixth-Century Movers and Shakers

The year 529 had great consequences for Justinian I, the Neoplatonic school in Athens and St Benedict.

19 Nov 2019 12:59 pm
Lewis Namier's Unfinished Business

Lewis Namier's Unfinished Business

18 Nov 2019 1:46 pm
The Primogeniture Blues

The Primogeniture Blues

15 Nov 2019 2:27 pm
Policing the Windrush Generation

Police brutality and stop-and-search are yet another legacy of Empire.

13 Nov 2019 2:20 pm
The Unravelling of Sino-Japanese Relations

The Unravelling of Sino-Japanese Relations

13 Nov 2019 12:48 pm
The End of British Communism

It was not the Nazi-Soviet Pact, but the Party line, which brought an end to the era of fellow travellers, 80 years ago.

12 Nov 2019 2:23 pm
The Cows Behind the Cowboy

The Cows Behind the Cowboy

11 Nov 2019 2:25 pm
Insurgency and Dissent on the Home Front

Insurgency and Dissent on the Home Front

7 Nov 2019 1:48 pm
Famine Within Reach

How Chinas landscape prevented even greater losses in the Great Famine.

6 Nov 2019 1:50 pm
History Today Quiz: November

Which presidents are depicted on Mount Rushmore? Who apologised for dying? 

6 Nov 2019 12:02 pm
Is it the Duty of Historians to Correct National Mythologies?

In an age when nationalism is on the rise, the role of the historian becomes ever more valuable and controversial.

5 Nov 2019 12:30 pm
Travels Through Time: Stalemate on the Western Front

In this podcast, Simon Heffer reflects on the year 1916, as conscription was introduced and the Battle of the Somme claimed huge casualties.

5 Nov 2019 12:22 pm
Rivers of Silver, Cities of Gold

The work of Elizabeth Fulhame made huge leaps in science, despite the obstacles she faced as a woman.

4 Nov 2019 1:33 pm
A History of Salt Cod

The Portuguese national dish with a global past of ingenuity and exploitation.

1 Nov 2019 2:08 pm