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 November

A Taste of Ashes
Jay Winter describes the mixed emotions of combatants and non-combatants at the moment the Great War ended Of the 70 million men who put on a uniform in the 1914-18 war, over nine million were dead by the Armistice of November 11th, 1918. Today,...
Autumn Books
Civilisations Ancient history reference books continue to prove popular with publishers, and several new versions appear this autumn. The Pimlico Dictionary of Classical Civilisations by Arthur Cotterell (12.50 [pounds sterling]) stresses the cosmopolitan...
Bodies at the Museum of London
Just as each person differs from the next on the surface, so each skeleton differs from all others, and can reveal not just what a person looked like, but also the conditions in which they lived. A new exhibition at the Museum of London, `London Bodies:...
Forty Years of the Victorian Society
`Oh, it's only Victorian' was the usual, scornful, response in the 1950s to justify the destruction of another nineteenth-century building. Deeply worried by this situation, twenty-eight people, among them John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner, gathered...
Founding of the Darien Colony
November 3rd, 1698, On July 12th, 1698 five ships carrying 1,200 eager colonists left the Port of Leith in Scotland to a rapturous send-off. Most of the ill-fated emigrants did not know where they were going and did not find out until the sealed...
Gathering Fallen Maple Leaves
As we focus our attention on another Remembrance Day, Steve Douglas from Kitchener, Ontario, is harnessing the Internet to a long-term commemorative project that would not have been possible without recent technical advances in digital photography....
Internet History
David Rundle surveys the latest multimedia innovations and questions their usefulness to historians Technophilla, like progress, is a comfortable disease; it is also, as far as I can tell, only mildly contagious. For all the talk of multimedia as...
Kosovo's Conflicts
Robert Bideleux charts the troubled history of the region, and the deep-rooted antagonisms between the different ethnic ,groups laying claim to it. Kosovo is the disputed borderland between Serbia and Albania. About 90 per cent of its two million...
Saving Private Ryan
`We Wanted it to look very much like colour newsreel footage of the 1940s.' `We are making a historical document here.' So say Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, director and star, respectively, of Saving Private Ryan. They want the audience to endure...
Seeking the Slant
Marina Warner traces the origins of a lifetime's curiosity in the power of stories The writer Heinrich Boll, recalling his childhood in Nazi Germany, described a schoolteacher who taught Mein Kampf, as he was obliged to do, but had the idea of setting...
Stately Treasures at the Tate
The Historic Houses Association, which represents the interests of the private owners of more than 300 houses regularly open to the public, and another 200 that open occasionally, is a quarter of a century old this year. The Tate Gallery is marking...
The Commonwealth in Korea
Brian Catchpole remembers the sufferings and heroism of the Commonwealth Division in the first major conflict of the Cold War Major-General A.J.H. Cassels, commander of the First Commonwealth Division created on July 28th, 1951, received the directive:...
The Death of Isaac-Watts
November 25th, 1148 `Oh God, our help in ages past' is arguably the most famous hymn in the English language, frequently sung on solemn national occasions and in time of trial. Its author died quietly in the afternoon of November 25th, 1748, aged...
The English Context of the British Civil Wars
John Adamson argues that the importance of the Celtic fringe in the events of the 1640s has been exaggerated Few reinterpretations of the mid-seventeenth-century Stuart crisis have been more thoroughgoing than that offered by the New British History....
The First WH Smith Railway Bookstall
November 1st, 1848 The first William Henry Smith was born in 1792 just two weeks before the sudden death of his father Henry Walton Smith, who only a few months earlier had established a small `newswalk' or newspaper round in Berkeley Square, London....
The Survival of the Eastern Roman Empire
Stephen Williams and Gerard Friell analyse why Constantinople survived the barbarian onslaughts in the fifth century, whereas Rome fell The old attitude still prevails in some quarters that what we know of as the Roman Empire was dismembered in...
The Wars of the Three Kingdoms
Jane Ohlmeyer argues that the English Civil War was just one of an interlocking set of conflicts that encompassed the British Isles in the mid-seventeenth century Proponents of the New British Histories agree that British history should not be enriched...
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