History Online, What We've Been Reading


Here we review Modern History which has appeared in headlines, articles, essays, reviews and galleries around the internet in the past two weeks. Be sure to let us know about anything interesting you've read!

Russian state archives stage exhibition on murder of Tsar Nicholas and family by Bolsheviks in 1918. Remains were found in 1991, but only now is Russia telling the full story. Is this the start of more historical transparency?

Edwardian Beauty Recipes: So many of today’s brands have a long and venerable history stretching back to the 1900s and beyond. Though cosmetics were seen as the province of actresses and prostitutes, ladies were not adverse to enhancing what nature granted them, whether it be false hair, papier poudre, or lip tints.


 Where the Buffalo No Longer Roamed: The Transcontinental Railroad connected East and West—and accelerated the destruction of what had been in the centre of North America.

Quite Likely the Worst Job Ever: The remarkable work of a pioneering British journalist provides us with a window into the lives of the men who made their living from combing for treasures in London's sewers.

The best political cartoons of the French Revolution: Caricature was incredibly popular in magazines and daily newspapers at the end of the 18th century. France's Revolution was an especially popular subject because of the controversy it provoked on the rest of the continent, particularly among the upper classes.


From raised fists to fistfights, the eight most politically charged moments in Olympic history.

The Regency Era Social Ladder: During the Regency era (and prior to...and after) there was strict social ladder upon which one fell. The ladder could be interchangeable with many times in history and even today.

British r Coming. Pls RT!: What if Twitter had been around during the American Revolution?