History

A brief history of human cannibalism
Fiji village
In Focus

A brief history of human cannibalism

Madrid arrest brings focus on historic practice
18 Jun 2021
Book of the week: Monica Jones, Philip Larkin and Me
Monica Jones, Philip Larkin and Me by John Sutherland
In Review

Book of the week: Monica Jones, Philip Larkin and Me

John Sutherland’s ‘eye-opening’ book about the poet and his long-term girlfriend
30 Apr 2021
Book of the week: Letters to Camondo
Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal
In Review

Book of the week: Letters to Camondo

Edmund de Waal pens a unique companion volume to his 2010 bestseller The Hare with Amber Eyes
23 Apr 2021
How Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister
Sir Robert Walpole portrait
Fact file

How Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister

It is 300 years since Walpole took office and began a long and unbroken tradition
1 Apr 2021
Instant Opinion: US was ‘lucky to get Trump’
Donald Trump
In Depth

Instant Opinion: US was ‘lucky to get Trump’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 11 November
11 Nov 2020
Almost 100 National Trust properties linked to slavery
Chartwell
In Brief

Almost 100 National Trust properties linked to slavery

Review reveals ‘uncomfortable truths’ behind homes owned by famous figures including Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling
22 Sep 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 52. Zero
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In Depth

52 ideas that changed the world - 52. Zero

The technology on which you’re reading this article only works because of zero
19 Jun 2020

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Instant Opinion: ‘Darkness where the future should be’
 A total solar eclipse plunges northern Australia into darkness for just over two minutes
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘Darkness where the future should be’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 24 January
24 Jan 2020
Instant Opinion: Put the ‘spring’ back in the Arab Spring
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: Put the ‘spring’ back in the Arab Spring

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 17 January
17 Jan 2020
Beguiling Belize: unique adventures in Central America
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In Depth

Beguiling Belize: unique adventures in Central America

Mayan ruins, mountainous jungles and marine escapades abound in this fascinating Anglophone corner of the Yucatan Peninsula
8 Jan 2020
Eight African countries sever currency ties with France
CFA Franc, Money
In Brief

Eight African countries sever currency ties with France

Former French colonies to replace the CFA franc with the eco
23 Dec 2019
Pret a Manger owners make amends for Nazi past
Pret a Manger
In Brief

Pret a Manger owners make amends for Nazi past

Reimann family to support Holocaust survivors after discovering links with Hitler
13 Dec 2019
Amazon in row over Auschwitz Christmas ornaments
Auschwitz
In Brief

Amazon in row over Auschwitz Christmas ornaments

Online retail giant sparks outrage by selling festive products depicting the Nazi death camp
2 Dec 2019
What is hauntology?
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In Depth

What is hauntology?

The idea asks if people can be haunted by ghosts of lost futures
31 Oct 2019
What is a national unity government and who would lead it?
John Bercow
In Depth

What is a national unity government and who would lead it?

Opposition MPs suggest John Bercow could bring order
7 Oct 2019
What was Kristallnacht? 80 years since Nazi purge
Kristallnacht, Nazi Germany
In Depth

What was Kristallnacht? 80 years since Nazi purge

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the ‘Night of Broken Glass’, a pogrom against German Jews that set the stage for the Holocaust
9 Nov 2018
Rare Viking longship burial found in Norway
Viking boat burial
In Brief

Rare Viking longship burial found in Norway

Archaeologists using radar detected ancient grave concealed just 50cm below top soil
16 Oct 2018
How did Horatio Nelson die?
Trafalgar Square, London, Horatio Nelson
In Depth

How did Horatio Nelson die?

The revered naval commander was killed 213 years ago on Sunday
15 Oct 2018
First World War: Peter Jackson brings old footage to life
They Shall Not Grow Old, First world war, soldiers,
In Brief

First World War: Peter Jackson brings old footage to life

Lord of the Rings director restored ‘hundreds of hours’ of original footage for upcoming documentary
10 Oct 2018
German reunification: how the world reacted
German reunification
In Depth

German reunification: how the world reacted

This week marks the 28th anniversary of the formal dissolution of the German Democratic Republic
1 Oct 2018
What was Guatemala’s ‘Silent Genocide’?
Guatemalan civil war
In Depth

What was Guatemala’s ‘Silent Genocide’?

Former military general Jose Mauricio Rodriguez has been acquitted of mass murder of Mayans during 36-year civil war
27 Sep 2018
What happened at the Battle of Stamford Bridge?
Battle of Stamford Bridge, History
In Depth

What happened at the Battle of Stamford Bridge?

This week marks 952nd anniversary of bloody clash that paved way for Normans to conquer England
25 Sep 2018
Germany’s other genocide: Namibians sue over slaughter
Namibia Germany
In Brief

Germany’s other genocide: Namibians sue over slaughter

Berlin returns remains of massacred indigenous people but descendants still waiting for apology
30 Aug 2018
Who was Marie Curie?
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In Depth

Who was Marie Curie?

Pioneering physicist and chemist voted most influential woman in history in BBC poll
9 Aug 2018
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