Constantine and the birth of religious tolerance
It is exactly 1700 years since the Emperor Constantine gave official recognition to Christianity.
Science confirms some physical truths about a medieval English king but leaves his character forever under a cloud.
Early Christianity: a tough gig
The Roman Empire was far more hostile than today's world.
A Kulturkampf primer
The best-known culture war was fought in 19th Century Germany, pitting Prussia's Iron Chancellor against the Catholic Church. The Iron Chancellor lost.
Statistically significant angels
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Did the 20th Century really usher in a decline in violence, even with two World Wars?
Burghley: the Elizabethan mastermind
Brilliant, bold and cold-blooded, Elizabeth's chief statesman dominated his age and shaped the history of England.
Gorbachev at eighty
On Wednesday, the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, celebrates his 80th birthday. A leading British scholar salutes a man who changed Russia and the world for the better.
History lessons from Hollywood
Two films reimagining history -- one about the Gulag, the other about a saint - show how much good Hollywood could do.
Africans puzzled by Western attacks on faith
Africans cannot understand why Christians in the Christian West should be persecuted for expressing their faith in public.
The famous Oxford historian was brilliant but bedeviled by the emotional deprivation of his childhood.
Bearing the burden of the past
We were not actors in wrongs committed by our ancestors. But don’t we have some sort of responsibility for them?
Ridley Scott's reworking of the story of Robin Hood is not existentially serious or historically accurate, but the battle scenes are terrific.
Choose Your Weapons
A study of British foreign secretaries over two centuries raises perennial questions about international relations.
Lest we forget: 17 April 1975
On this day 35 years ago, the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh.
Historic evidence for Christ
Forget Dawkins and Hitchens. Listen to Josephus and Tacitus.
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