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. 48, No. 9, September

Battle of Omdurman: September 2nd, 1898
"THE MASSACRE OF THE ARMY OF Sudanese Dervishes on a plain near Omdurman in the Sudan was an occasion that a new military technology was tested -- to devastating effect -- by Britain in battle. It proved a major factor in Kitchener's victory, in his...
Cartoons of the Third Reich
W.A. Coupe looks at ways in which the Nazis employed political cartoons in their armoury of propaganda techniques for imparting their message to the German people. From the mid-nineteenth century the German periodic press had embodied a rich tradition...
Collaborators and Renegades in Occupied Shanghai
1930s Shanghai was notoriously populated by characters of dubious political and moral allegiances. Bernard Wasserstein shows how the Japanese used their contacts among the city's lowlife to assist in their invasion and occupation. In July 1940, a...
Empress Tzu-Hsi's Coup: September 21st, 1898
Tzu-Hsi, Dowager Empress of China, was one of the most formidable women in modern history. Famed for her beauty and charm, a true friend and a terrible enemy, she was power-hungry, greedy, ruthless and profoundly skilled in the court politics and...
Gunpowder and Roses
Heritage Open Days, celebrated this year on September 12th and 13th, will once again present us with a dilemma -- how to be in several places at the same time. As this is clearly insoluble my advice is to go for the places which are rarely, if ever,...
History Today and Tomorrow
History Today is in the process of securing its future ownership. It is at present owned by a company, History Today Ltd, which has three private shareholders. Those shareholders have come to the conclusion that the best way to ensure the continued future...
Munich Agreement Is Signed: September 30th, 1938
`IF YOU HAVE SACRIFICED MY NATION to preserve the peace of the world, I will be the first to applaud you. But if not, gentlemen, God help your souls!' So spoke Jan Masaryk, son of the founding father of the Czechoslovak Republic, on the surrender...
Photo Archive Online
Four large collections, together containing more than 50,000 historical photographs and paintings, have been put online with free access for educational usage. The vast Hulton Getty photographic library has joined forces with De Montfort University...
Pitt and Anti-Jacobin Hysteria: In the 1790s a Press Campaign Lambasted Jacobins and Fellow-Travellers
In the 1790s a press campaign Lambasted Jacobins and fellow-travellers. Stuart Andrews considers whether the Government orchestrated it all. The inaugural issue of the Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine for July 1798 carried an engraving of a famous...
Pride and Prejudice in the American Civil War
The image of the American Civil War as a `white man's fight' became the national norm almost as soon as the last shot was fired. Susan-Mary Grant looks at the experience and legacy of the conflict for black Americans. ...You can say of the colored man,...
Slovakia's Long Road to Democracy
Slovakia's general election in September will focus attention on a nation that is little understood in the West. US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's damning image of Slovakia as `the hole of Europe' is only an extreme example of the type of reaction...
The Archdukes in Brussels
Opening in Brussels on September 17th, a major exhibition profiles the rule of the Archduke Albert of Austria and his wife the Infanta Isabella of Spain, daughter of Philip II. In 1598, before his death, the king ceded to the couple the ten provinces...
The Bill of Rights, 1689 and 1998
* We are on the verge of having a Bill of Rights. Parliament is about to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. No longer will people have to make the long and expensive trek to Strasbourg to uphold their civil liberties....
The Fuhrer's Decision
For years historians have been debating Hitler's role in the murder of Europe's Jews. Most had given up hope of finding documentary evidence of a direct order from the Fuhrer. That, after all, was not Hitler's style -- he preferred the unambiguous...
The Lost Village of Wharram Percy, Yorkshire
* You approach Wharram Percy across the Yorkshire Wolds, so this is not rugged, gritty Yorkshire but chalk country with smooth slopes dipping into the valleys of small streams. The landscape seems large in scale, with expanses of upland, big cornfields,...
The Luttrell Psalter and the Making of 'Merrie England'
One of the things I most look forward to seeing relocated and freshly exhibited at the new British Library near Kings Cross is that much loved illuminated manuscript, the Luttrell Psalter, with its famous marginal scenes of medieval work and play....
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