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Historical hair

We're just over midway through "Movember", so here's Lucinda Hawksley with a little historical inspiration drawn from the National Portrait Gallery's archives to get you through the last few itchy faced days, or perhaps convince you to make your burgeoning whiskers a permanent feature. Read more
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Codename Strömer

For Peter Millar the fall of the Berlin Wall brought confirmation that he had been spied on the whole time, and the surreal experience of reading his own Stasi file... Read more
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Who killed Joan of Arc?

Despite the endurance of Joan of Arc's legend, conjecture remains about even the most crucial events in her story, as Helen Castor explains. Read more
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Why another book on Waterloo?

Bernard Cornwell's latest book may be a first foray into non-fiction, but he's in very familiar historical territory. So, why bother to write another book on one of the most famous battles in history? Read more
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10 things you don’t know about London

Martin Latham knows a thing or two about the capital - which is probably not surprising since he's the author of Londonopolis: A Curious History of London. To be getting on with, here's his ten truly surprising facts about the city. Read more
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Creating 24 Hours at Waterloo

Robert Kershaw explains how a chess set inspired his unconventional new narrative of one of history's great battles, which features unexpected perspectives and an hour by hour "virtual reality TV" style. Read more
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The Devils’ Alliance

Seventy-five years ago today an unlikely partnership was born when Adolf Hitler allied the Nazi state with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Russia. Historian Roger Moorhouse explains why this event - often little more than a footnote in the narrative of World War Two - was so crucial: not only defining a third of the war, but also going some way to start it. Read more
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Read Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

On the 2000th anniversary of his death, Adrian Goldsworthy introduces his new biography Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor and ponders why, unlike figures like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, the first Imperator of Rome remains absent from wider public knowledge despite his great and lasting importance. Read more
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On the Home Front

With the Imperial War Museum London reopening this Saturday, their Senior Historian Terry Charman shares some of the stories which defined life on the Home Front during the First World War. Read more
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In conversation: Ann Weisgarber

Richard Lee spoke to historical novelist Ann Weisgarber whose first novel The Personal History of Rachel Dupree was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the David J. Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. Here they discuss her latest novel, The Promise - shortlisted for this year's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Read more
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Read The Baby Boom

Read the opening chapter of P.J. O'Rourke's The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way And It Wasn’t My Fault And I’ll Never Do It Again. Read more
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The hardest-ever Grand Tour

Tim Moore's Gironimo! (Radio 4 Book of the Week this week) sees him set out to ride the course of the infamous 1914 Giro d'Italia - a route which led Bradley Wiggins to ask "Why on earth did I choose to do this bloody race?" Read more