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. 9, September

Domitian and the Dynamics of Terror in Classical Rome
The Saddam Hussein of the Roman Empire? Peter Wiseman offers some intriguing thoughts on the world of the emperor Domitian -- its traumas and its terrors -- to mark the 1900th anniversary of his assassination. Nineteen hundred years ago this month,...
Indochine
David Nicholls explains what is not included, and why, in a modern French film looking at the interrelation at the interrelation of love, personal betrayal and anti-colonialism in 1930s South East Asia. In the early 1990s two inter-related phenomena...
In the Blood: The Secret History of the Habsburgs
Andrew Wheatcroft examines how an 18th-century succession crisis unlocks a tale of dynastic obsession and myth-history in Austria's first family. In the first days of October 1740, the Emperor Charles VI set out to shoot duck on the shores of...
Mad Cow and the Englishmen
* A political tornado has swept through Whitehall and on to Brussels recently because of sensational media stories about the potentially widespread damage to human health which may result from the consumption of beef. The stories have been fuelled...
Radio Days on America's Home Front
Gerd Horten on how America's favourite radio characters were pressed into service to help the war effort after Pearl Harbor. When the United States finally joined the Allies in their war against the Axis powers in the winter of 1941, the American...
Spinning for a Living
* `The biggest mistake you can make about spin doctors,' according to Simon Heffer in the Autumn 1995 issue of British Journalism Review, `is to believe they are a recent invention'. Wrong! The biggest mistake is to believe they are harmless and...
The Empire Strikes Back
* The British Empire is now no more. Most of it went more than twenty years ago. Memories of it, together with strong feelings about it either way, are fast disappearing. We are far enough away from it, therefore, to begin to assess it objectively....
The Sale of Offices in French History
Offices for sale have always been a key feature in every student's jogtrot through French history, but here William Doyle offers some new and surprising thoughts on their appeal and longevity. A mid the growing crisis last November as the French...
The Tirol's Last Knight
* While Austria's eastern provinces have been marking the country's millennium with a major two-venue exhibition `Man, Myths and Milestones' (to be reviewed in full in October's History Today), over in the west of the country the province of Tirol...
Times and Tides
* The Daily Mirror produces an edition which substitutes the language of Neville Chamberlain's declaration of war for the circumstances of the England-Germany European Cup semi-final and shows pictures of a German and English footballer each with...