The Independent | World War 1 Centenary | A history of the First World War How do you remember a war that destroyed four empires, killed 18 million people and left tens of millions of other lives irreparably broken? Today, as the world prepares to mark the centenary of a conflict that left no corner […]


BBC News – The riddle of the Voynich Manuscript The puzzling – and thus far indecipherable – nature of an old manuscript has confounded some of the world’s greatest cryptologists. Is there truly a code to break, or is it all an elaborate hoax?


Thousands of Historic Maps Released by New York Public Library | History Today The New York Public Library has released over 20,000 maps and cartographic works into the public domain under a Creative Commons licence. The documents, most of them hi-res, are hosted by the NYPL’s Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, and are available for download […]


Jacques le Goff passes away at the age of 90 One of the world’s most important medieval historians, Jacques le Goff, passed away earlier today in Paris. Many medievalists will have read and been deeply influenced by his writings and scholarship.


From Darwin to Dickens, how history’s biggest thinkers spent their days | Mail Online What makes a genius a genius? According to these graphics, it’s good time management. Using Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – which draws on diaries and letters from the thinkers themselves – designer RJ Andrews has mapped out […]


The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History review – ‘enthralling’ | Books | The Observer We live in an age of addictive self-portraiture – except that the selfies who so unstoppably document the busy banality of their lives aren’t really making portraits, and it’s unclear whether there is a distinct individual self behind their lookalike grins. A […]


Black Death skeletons unearthed by Crossrail project BBC News – Skeletons unearthed in London Crossrail excavations are Black Death victims from the great pandemic of the 14th Century, forensic tests indicate.


We Made It Happen | Our Victory Over Communism Twenty-five years ago, we made it happen. We defeated communism. This blog celebrates that victory and pays tribute to our heroes who fought for our freedom and brought the Iron Curtain down. Celebrate with us! Tell us your own story or one from your family. Perhaps you […]


What medieval Europe did with its teenagers Today, there’s often a perception that Asian children are given a hard time by their parents. But a few hundred years ago northern Europe took a particularly harsh line, sending children away to live and work in someone else’s home. Not surprisingly, the children didn’t always like it.

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Sarajevo: the crossroads of history – FT.com On a street corner here 100 years ago, a 19-year-old Serb nationalist shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne and triggered the first world war. The assassin, Gavrilo Princip, is still a potent and divisive symbol.