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. 44, No. 3, March

A Grave Injustice: Wingate and the Establishment
* Major General Orde Wingate was killed on March 24th, 1944, when his plane crashed into a hillside near Imphalust nineteen days after the launch of Operation Thursday, the great Chindit campaign against the Japanese at the height of the battles for...
Becoming American: Jewish Women Immigrants 1880-1920
They don't wear wigs here'. These were Yekl's words of greeting to his wife, Gitl, rejecting her protestations that she wanted to spruce 'herself up for the big event' - on her arrival in America in Abraham Cahan's story of Yekl, A Tale of the New...
Democracy in Rome
The Romans are famous as imperialists, not as pioneers in the history of democracy. This is neither surprising nor altogether unfair on them; all the same, they earn their place in this democracy series on the grounds that the system they operated...
Hidden Assets
* The British government is on the receiving end of the Scott enquiry arising from the collapse of the trial, in November 1992, of members of the Matrix Churchill machine tool company charged with breaches of arms export controls. The supply of arms,...
History Transported
* In the depths of the recently reopened London Transport Museum on the Covent Garden piazza in WC2 a blackbird trills. It is only one surprise to be found in the newly redesigned building, once the Floral Hall of the old market. The previous museum...
Hungary's Philosopher King Matthias Corvinus 1458-90
Let me invite you on a journey across Europe in the 1480s. Life in the rich cloth towns of Antwerp or Bruges is easy to picture. We can visualise the glories of Italy in Florence, Siena, Urbino, Rome. Recent restoration work in Rothenburg and Bamberg...
Never Again?
6 * What on earth has happened to the much-trumpeted p1ans to bring war criminals in Bosnia to an early trial? Is there any evidence to suggest that such an announcement has been taken seriously by the protagonists? Has it made any difference to their...
New Horizons for the American West
For many years and for millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic the American West was and still is the excitement, action and scenery of a John Ford-John Wayne Movie or of a Zane Grey dime novel. For others who have a different cultural approach...
Sherborne Castle
* Before our rulers succeed in their promising efforts to destroy the railway system which used to be the source of such justifiable pride, anyone who has not done so would be well advised to travel along the old South-Western main line from Salisbury...
The Pleasures and Pains of Contemporary History
* Historians are not supposed to have heroes. To do so is often detected as evidence that detatchment and cool reason have fled. But two men who matter to me have delivered verdicts on my adopted craft that genuinely give me pause. The first is...
Women and Politics in Democratic Athens
The Athenians maintained that Erichthonios, the king from whom they believed they were descended, was born from the earth herself. This myth of autochthony rationalised claims to the territory of Attica, expressed a strong relationship with the land,...

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