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The Holocaust The Holocaust is the bleakest, blackest, most disturbing moment in our human story. It involved the systematic murder of millions of Jews, minority and vulnerable gro...

"The most momentous event in Japanese history" Commodore Matthew Perry’s expedition to Japan in 1853 changed the course of the island’s history. Long into the nineteenth centur...

The D-Day landings Operation Overlord was one of the critical moments of the Second World War. It began on 6 June 1944 when the Allied forces landed around 150,000 troops on the be...

Early one afternoon in the year 79 AD, a seventeen year-old boy looked out from the window of his villa across the Bay of Naples. He saw a great cloud, ‘both strange and enormous...

"The gambler who lost touch with the dangers" Although Letitia Landon – or “L.E.L.’s” – name is scarcely known outside specialist circles today, in the 1820s she was one ...

Saladin and the capture of Jerusalem: Professor Jonathan Phillips (1187) For the Christian crusaders of the twelfth-century, Jerusalem was the ultimate prize. The holy city had bee...

Fifty years ago humankind stepped on the moon for the first time. This is the story of the space suit that allowed them to do it. Millions of Britons stayed up through the night of...

Walking with Destiny: Winston Churchill becomes prime minister in May 1940 In seventy two hours in the middle of May 1940, Britain’s political leadership was transformed. Out wen...

An unholy rush: the cavalier, chaotic and catastrophic sequence of events surrounding Indian Independence in the summer of 1947 In the immediate aftermath of World War Two it becam...

The philosopher who changed the way we think about the world and the woman who changed him Bertrand Russell wrote that ‘the achievements of Athens in the time of Pericles are per...

A Botanical Odyssey: the (mis)adventures of the plant hunter George Forrest In this episode of Travels Through Time writer, gardener and panellist on Gardeners' Question Time Matt...

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