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. 43, February

'A Universal Place of Study.' (College of William and Mary)
Three hundred years ago, on February 8th, 1693, William III and Queen Mary set their names to a document which signalled royal approval for the plan to establish 'a place of universal study' in the colony of Virginia. The College of William and...
Deserters from the Plough
Hardyesque idyll or a vision of dereliction and random cruelty? Alun Howkins looks at how historians have treated the story of nineteenth-century rural Britain. We are ALL, we who are anything else, deserters from the plough. God said to mankind:...
Mediawatch
One way and another, 1992 might have been an 'annus horribilis' for the Royal Family, but at the end of the year television made a good job of showing that all things - fires, even marital breakdowns - are relative, ripples in a stream which has been...
Popular Theatre in the French Revolution
All the world's a stage... but for some in the years 1789-94, the people's drama in Paris was not fast enough at reflecting a world turned upside down. Michele Root-Bernstein looks at what was performed and how revolutionary it really was. During...
Saving the Rose-Red City
Petra, the 'rose-red' city which is the pride of Jordan, is at risk. Rainwater is attacking its 2,000 year old classical facades - as is sand, some of it blown by the hoofs of the hundreds of horses on which visitors ride into the city through the...
Sewers Past and Present
A stream of human filth runs throughout history. Each adult adds to it between 150 and 450 grams of excrement and 1.3 to 1.5 kilos of urine every day. In Britain, this now generates an annual total of more than 25 million tonnes of sewage sludge,...
Stalin & His Soccer Soldiers
On November 21st, 1945, the Moscow Dinamo soccer team took the field at North London's fog-enshrouded White Hart Lane. In the third game of their goodwill tour of the United Kingdom, Dinamo, the Soviet champion, was to play and eventually defeat a...
The Social History of the English Medieval Cathedral
What did the English cathedral really look like and mean to the worshipper in the Middle Ages? Paul Stollard and others from Queen's University of Belfast's department of architecture offer some imaginative reconstructions and their cultural context....
The Thoroughly Modern Middle Ages
How much of themselves do historians put into their history? Most people have their own vivid images of the world of the Middle Ages - but how coloured are they by the crises and upheavals of their twentieth-century historians? A new book just...
Twentieth Century Society
Twenty years ago, there were societies for the defence of the architectural heritage down to Victorian and Edwardian times, but there was no organised body to raise a voice for twentieth century buildings. This gap was filled in 1979 with the founding...
Two Chinese Rulers Making the Same History?
As Chinese rulers 'behind the screens', the Dowager Empress Ci Xi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the present 'Supreme Helmsman', Deng Xiaoping, seem to be poles apart. Ci Xi has gone down in Chinese history as a notorious conservative, while...
War by Other Means: The Legacy of Byzantium
The conventional view of diplomacy is one of negotiation and compromise leading to a settlement of differences. However, history often shatters this view. The conduct of international relations is also a struggle between competing national interests......