History Today

History Today is a monthly magazine published by History Today, Ltd. Founded in 1951, it is owned by Andy Patterson and has a circulation of roughly 30,000 subscribers. Headquarters are based in London, England.The magazine, which is geared towards teachers, students, and those with an interest in history, publishes essays written by some leading history scholars covering myriad periods, regions, topics, and themes in history. It is available in print and online.The print version was founded by Brendan Backen, who worked as the Minister of Information during World War II. He was also the publisher of the Financial Times. Currently, both print and online versions are published under the vision and guide of editor-in-chief, Paul Lay.History Today offers readers articles ranging from atomic medicine to the rise and fall of empires. Each essay comes with illustrations selected by picture editor Sheila Corr. The web edition includes a news digest from web editor, Kathryn Hadley.Subscribers can buy an annual subscription for either the web or print version. Web subscribers can also purchase access to articles from the publication's archives dating back to 1980. The magazine also has a sister publication, History Review, which is aimed at students and is published three times each year.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 12, December

Beowulf: New Light on the Dark Ages
It has long been believed that the Beowulf poem, the earliest surviving substantial work of literature in English, is a story from north-western Europe brought over to Dark-Age Britain by the Germanic invaders. New research by the archaeologist Paul...
Berlin and Cuba Cold War Hotspots
Jim Broderick looks at the crisis management of two moments when the spectre of nuclear war shadowed relations between the superpowers The status of Berlin had been an ongoing problem to the Allies since the conferences of Yalta and Potsdam in 1945...
Chimes of Big Ben Broadcast for the First Time
December 31st, 1923 The sound of the Houses of Parliament clock chiming the hour signifies a daily ritual for many a radio listener. Sited in St Stephen's Tower, the clock is better known as Big Ben -- though the name strictly applies only to the...
Christmas Treats
Those in search of historically-themed gifts to bestow upon younger friends and relatives have plenty to choose from. Here we sample a selection of books and gifts for children, and some stocking-fillers for adults too. Children's Books Few children...
Discover Byzantium with History Today
An 11-day tour of the monuments of the Byzantine Empire in Turkey 14-24th April 1999 Your Tour Leader is Professor Anthony Bryer of the University of Birmingham, one of Britain's most distinguished Byzantine scholars. The Byzantine empire has...
`El Desastre' Spain in Defeat, 1898
Laura Rodriguez finds that, in spite of the devastating outcome for Spain of the Cuban conflict of 1898, there were some positive consequences. Around 600,000 Spanish, Cuban, Filipino and American lives were lost before Spain and the United States...
Glastonbury's Christmas Tree
Until Recently, the Glastonbury Holy Thorn, famous for its Christmas blossom, stood in front of St John the Baptist's Church in the centre of the Somerset town. times the vicar of Glastonbury had sent blossoms to the Queen at Christmas time. But it...
God, Gold Corruption and Poverty
Dominic James describes how the early Church reconciled its teaching of holy poverty with the accumulation and display of spectacular wealth In March 687, on a barren islet off the Northumbrian coast, a lone man was dying, his feet ulcerated and...
Letters
Old and Middle English In your May issue, Vol 18(5) the article `Monastic Habits in Medieval Worcester' by Emma Mason contains the following startling statement: `Coleman chose English to emphasise Wulfstan's embodiment of traditional values,...
Louis Napoleon Elected President of France
December 10th, 1848 Prince Louis Napoleon was forty when he won the election for the French Presidency in 1848, a small, reserved, enigmatic man with chestnut hair, brown beard and a pointed moustache. Polling well over 5 million votes, he won one...
Primary Sources
Grant Bage highlights the importance of teaching history to younger children and warns of the risks of its removal as a key subject from the primary curriculum Most of us could name -- or blame -- an individual responsible for inspiring us with...
Roots and Rituals
Ronald Hutton describes the origins of his historical quest for self-discovery When I discovered the family photograph album, I must have been about five or six years old -- in that intermediate period when individual memories are sharp and lasting,...
Round and About: December
London British Cinema in the 1950s: A Festival December 1st-5th The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB (0171) 412-7222 Four double-bills run over four nights make up this festival, which includes films that represent different...
Sing Choirs of Angels
Ian Bradley reflects on the origins and development of Christmas carols The sound of carols, whether emanating from a supermarket sound system or from the lips of youthful wassailers going from house to house, is one of the surest signals that Christmas...
Stamping the Millennium
The Royal Mail's decision to devote all their stamps in 1999 to British history over the last millennium is an exciting and challenging project. Hundreds of millions of stamps will be printed and the images and topics will circulate at home and abroad....
The Commons' People
Gordon Marsden on the origins and future of the project to chart the history of the Houses of Parliament Britain's institutions may be world famous -- but the pressure to examine how they tick and to update them grows apace. Since Diana's death...
The Discovery of Radium
December 20th, 1898 A few days before the Christmas of 1898, Pierre Curie scrawled the word `radium' in his notebook as the name for a new element he and his wife Marie had brought laboriously to light in their ramshackle laboratory in Paris. Radium...
The History of Parliament on CD-ROM
The History of Parliament on CD-ROM Cambridge University Press 425 [pounds sterling] ISBN 0 521 62907 1 I suppose this is a case of being thankful for medium-sized mercies. The History of Parliament Trust has been beavering away for some...
The White War
Ian Locke examines the conundrum of how Britain, though assumed to be bankrupt, managed to pursue an anti-Communist economic war from 1945. The Yalts and Potsdam conferences of 1945 are significant points of departure for the East-West divide that...
Who Dares
John Newsinger explores the growing popular interest in the SAS and contrasts the myth with the reality of the regiment's history and achievements On May 5th, 1980, soldiers from the Special Air Service (SAS) stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes...