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. 46, No. 3, March

Amasis: The Pharaoh with No Illusions
There is no denying that ancient Egypt arouses great popular interest, but most of the interest concentrates on periods which have visual impact, especially the Old Kingdom, the age of the great pyramids, and the New Kingdom, the time of Tutankhamun,...
Citizen Kane
The production history of Citizen Kane reads like a film script. Unfettered by the constraints of the Hollywood studio system, a boy genius is granted his wish to produce a film without studio interference, hire his theatrical friends and use the best...
Combat Trauma in the American Civil War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Civil War soldiers `saw the elephant,' as they called going into action, some of them sustained injuries they could not name. Wounds to the mind left them open to imputations of malingering, allegations of cowardice or charges...
Did Europe's Mercantilist Empires Pay?
European imperialism or the direct intrusion of power into the political, economic and social affairs of other peoples and other continents is represented in a history which goes back five centuries to the voyages of discovery and which is now almost...
Dr. Livingstone Reconsidered
* Presumably, the best known thing about Dr David Livingstone is that quote by Henry Stanley. This month, a new exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery aims to expand the public's scanty knowledge of the man. David Livingstone and the Victorian...
Myths and Anniversaries
* Historical stereotypes may well be buttressed or corrected by the celebration of anniversaries such as VE or VJ Day, but as the term is somewhat ambiguous, it may be advisable to establish exactly what constitutes an historical stereotype before tackling...
Serial Killers in 17th-Century England
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At one level the conviction of Rosemary West has drawn a line under the grim story of life and death in Cromwell Street, Gloucester. At another, the issue remains wide open. How, we wonder, can apparently ordinary people commit...
The Buildings of Sir Thomas Tresham
* Those who take an interest in the architectural diversity of Northamptonshire are likely to find their curiosity aroused by one particular group of buildings which in their bold originality and the uncompromising message they spell out, proclaim themselves...
The Coming of the Cinema
One hundred years ago much of the world had its first opportunity to see moving pictures. The cinema was an immediate success, and during its rapid development over the next few years was constantly the object of public debate. The coming of any new...
The Hero in History: Myth, Media and Realities
* Princess Diana's Panorama interview in November 1995 raises questions which relate to my topic: how are we to assess a heroic or larger-than-life person in our age dominated by an intrusive and irreverent media? Which of the multiplicity of realities,...
Times and Tides
* There are plenty of poets, novelists and playwrights among the immortals; yet historians usually get stuck in the graveyard. History offers writers the ingredient enduring are requires: a disciplined framework for the imagination. When well presented,...