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. 51, No. 9, September

Assassination of President McKinley
September 6th, 1901 THE CITY OF BUFFALO, on the Niagara River at the eastern end of Lake Erie, is famous for Niagara Falls and honeymoons. In 1901 the city staged a Pan-American Exposition, attended by President William McKinley. The president,...
Athens of the North
Isabel Hariades traces her life in history publishing to a rich education in Edinburgh and Greece. HISTORY COMES to a child, or did to me, almost imperceptibly through place and circumstance. I was born in Edinburgh and brought up twelve miles south...
Charles II Hides in the Boscobel Oak
September 6th, 1651 AT WORCESTER on Wednesday, September 3rd, the Roundheads under Oliver Cromwell routed Charles II and his Scots. The young king -- he was twenty-one -- slipped away on horseback with a few trusted companions. About dawn on the...
Letters
Wigan Pier I note that Terry Jones (letters, August 2001) implies a reluctance on my part to talk about my contribution to Wigan's Museum of Memories. In part this is true; the focus of the original article in June's History Today was to establish...
Old Conflicts, New Opportunities
Nicholas Soteri unearths the age-old roots of the Catholic-Orthodox divide. In May 2001, Pope John Paul II made a much publicised `jubilee pilgrimage' to Syria, Greece and Malta. It was the first papal visit to Greek soil in a thousand years. The...
Prize Historic Gardens
THE HISTORIC GARDENS FOUNDATION has just presented its new Prize after a competition in Scotland for the best restoration of an architectural element in a historic park or garden. The winner of a cheque for 2,500 [pounds sterling] was the Victorian...
Revisiting the Mound-Builder Controversy
Thomas S. Garlinghouse discusses the slow acceptance of archaeological evidence for sophisticated civilisation in pre-Columbian North America. THE GREAT EARTHEN mounds are silent now, remnants of a past, forgotten glory. Seemingly rooted to the...
Robert Paxton: The Outsider
Martin Evans profiles America's controverial historian of Vichy France. IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY SIGNIFICANT that the best book on the Vichy regime, the one that revolutionised the way in which French historians understand the period, was written by an...
Round and About: September 2001
London Le Roy Ladurie: A Historian's Itinerary September 6th, 7pm Institut francais 17 Queensbury Place South Kensington Tel: 0207 838 2144 The medieval historian Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, currently professor of the history of modern civilisation...
Suburbia and Party Politics
Mark Clapson considers that suburbia holds the key to recent history on both sides of the Atlantic. IN BOTH ENGLAND and the USA, the politics of the suburbs are often assumed to be conservative, conformist, and petit bourgeois. Yet suburbia holds...
The Last Years of James II 1690-1701
THERE ARE MANY BIOGRAPHIES of James II, but not one of them deals properly with the last part of his life. For eleven years, from his defeat at the Boyne in July 1690 until his death in September 1701, James II lived at Saint-Germain-en-Laye (near...
The Legacy of the Gujarat Earthquake
THEY BATTLED THE MOGHULS and withstood the passing of a millennium; modernisation could not deter them -- until January 26th, 2001, when the Great Indian Earthquake shook Gujarat and nearby areas of Rajasthan with a fury mapping 8.1 on the Richter...
The Mad-House Keepers of East London
Elaine Murphy looks at the two families who dominated the private provision of care for the insane in the early 19th century IN THE EARLY NINETEENTH century a large number of privately owned, profit-making institutions for the mentally ill east...
The Private Life of Henry VIII
In our Film in Context series, Greg Walker explores the wider messages of Alexander Korda historical classic, in terms of the opposition to Appeasement and the mood of 1933. ALEXANDER KORDA'S The Private Life of Henry VIII (London Films, 1933) is...
The Rebellion of Earl Godwin
September 8th, 1051 EARL GODWIN of Wessex was the most formidable figure in Edward the Confessor's England. He had first come to prominence as a henchman of Canute and by his well-connected Danish wife he had strong-minded sons to support him. The...
The Throne of Zog
Jason Tomes looks at the reign of King Zog Monarchy in Albania 1928-1939 SHORTLY BEFORE FIVE O'CLOCK on Saturday, September 1st, 1928, Europe gained a new kingdom and its only Muslim king: thirty-two year-old Zog I of Albania. Few foreign journalists...
The Tudor Palace at Somerset House
THE REFURBISHMENT AND REOPENING of the Courtyard and River Terrace at Somerset House, together with the Gilbert Collection and Hermitage Rooms in the South Building, represent one of the great public successes of the year 2000. The public can now visit...

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