David Cameron would have us look back to the days of the British empire with pride. But there is little in the brutal oppression and naked greed with which it was built that deserves our respectRead more »
Winston Churchill called the Allied Arctic convoys to Russia between 1941 and
1945 “the worst journey in the world”. Tomorrow sees the opening of an
exhibition marking the gruelling conditions under which sailors transported
tanks, fighter planes and ammunition to Russia, is due to open at the
National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
This Dumas adaptation drags French history kicking and screaming into the town squareDirector: Patrice ChéreauEntertainment grade: B+History grade: DMarguerite of Valois, known within her family as Margot, was queen of Navarre from 1572 and of France from 1589. She was famed as a poet, a leader of fashion and a political operator. After her death in 1615, she achieved further fame when her juicy memoirs were published.Read more »
Penn Museum has developed the world's largest collection of hominid fossil casts, moulds of important original fossils that make up the human evolutionary record.Read more »
To many Americans, Occupy Wall Street was a long time coming. On Wall Street, it seems to have been going on for a long time....Wall Street protests are an American institution, from Father James Cox's Depression-era march on Washington, which I mentioned last week, to the populist movements of the late 19th century, to the Hard Hat Riot of 1970....Read more »
Amateur aviation historians have unearthed the wreckage of a Royal Australian Air Force Spitfire that crashed in northern France during the Second World War and the skeletal remains of its pilot.The wreckage of the plane, which was shot down in action and crashed in May 1942 near the village of Hardifort, was dug up from beneath 16 feet of soil, local officials said.The fighter was in pieces but the bones of its pilot - identified by tags as W.J. Smith of the RAAF, service number 400942 - were recovered....Read more »
It's like something out of "The Da Vinci Code": Hundreds of thousands of fragments from medieval religious scrolls are scattered across the globe. How will scholars put them back together?Read more »
When it was built, it was hailed as one of the finest buildings of its age – only to be destroyed 150 years later.Now Henry VIII’s ‘lost’ palace can be seen for the first time in more than 300 years – in a scale model based on 50 years of research.The replica of Nonsuch Palace – so named because there was no other like it – took 1,250 hours to make.It measures 7.2ft by 4ft (2.2m by 1.2m) and is made of wood, with intricate architectural detail added in plastics, fibre-glass resin and brass.Read more »
In 1944, a bombing raid almost completely destroyed an enormous Padua church fresco that dated back to the Renaissance and had once been admired by Goethe. Some 88,000 tiny pieces of plaster were rescued from the rubble, and a mathematician has managed to piece some of the masterpiece back together.Read more »
It's no secret that Mary Shelley's infamous novel has influenced generations of writers, but is completely based on fiction, or was Shelley inspired by real-life events? Tune in to learn more about the real Dr. Frankenstein.Read more »
David Pilling is the Asia editor of the Financial Times.
The Japanese organisers of an academic conference to celebrate China’s 1911 revolution were taken aback a few days ago when, after months of preparation, the event was abruptly cancelled. They were not the only ones to be caught by surprise.
Michael Kazin’s latest book is American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation. He teaches history at Georgetown University and is co-editor of Dissent.Read more »
Kim Phillips-Fein, a historian and an assistant professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, is the author of “Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement From the New Deal to Reagan.”Read more »
Jill Lepore in the New York Times, wrong as always:"Lately, Mr. Cain has risen in the polls, buoyed by Tea Party populism, which is curious because when the word 'populism' was coined, in 1890, it meant opposition to a monopoly on wealth held by businessmen and bankers."Read more »
Jim Lacey is professor of strategic studies at the Marine Corps War College. He is the author of the recently released The First Clash and Keep from All Thoughtful Men. The opinions in this article are entirely his own and do not represent those of the Department of Defense or any of its members.Read more »
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg is the Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor of History, Women's Studies and American Culture, University of Michigan, Emerita. The author of several books and more than 40 essays on American history and culture and women's history, she has twice received the Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article in the Journal of American History. Her most recent book is This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity (2010).Read more »
Simon Jenkins is a journalist and author. He writes for the Guardian as well as broadcasting for the BBC.
Europe's financial crisis is acquiring the stench of Munich. No, it is not Nazi Germany.