The novel is in decline. Since the outbreak of World War II the statistics of the book trade reflect the growing appetite of the public for biography, science, sociology, and […]
Hilary Mantel says historical novelists have a duty to be accurate and a responsibility to be authentic and we would all surely nod sagely in agreement at this.
People can be mightily protective of their Romantic poets.
Our world was shaped by empires. Its languages, cultures, infrastructures, maps and monuments mark the movements of power across its surface.
The death of Asa Briggs in March robbed social history of one of its lions. In 1976, just as he stepped down as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, he […]
Twenty years ago, Bernard Lewis and I were walking along the Thames.
Four hundred years ago, Pocahontas arrived in England with her husband John Rolfe.
In the 1980s, in the faculty-filled suburbs west of Boston, the historian Howard Zinn was something of a folk hero.
In the 1940s, a curiously enigmatic figure haunted New York City’s great libraries, his mind afire with urgent questions whose resolution might reveal, once and for all, the most ancient […]
From his bench toward the stern of the Sea Stallion from Glendalough, Erik Nielsen could see his crewmates’ stricken faces peering out of bright-red survival suits.