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China’s rich developing taste for human breast milk

Human breast milk is the latest delicacy amongst China’s wealthy, with a growing number of companies offering wet nurses for adults.<p>Xinxinyu, a …

Elizabethan child actors 'kidnapped and whipped'

Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre were opponents of the children's companies<p><b>Child performers on the Elizabethan stage were subjected to abduction, cruelty and violence, reveals a study by a University of Oxford academic.</b><p>Dr Bart van Es says court documents show some child actors had been forcibly …

Child Actors

Survey finds little opposition to comprehensive schools: From the archive, 18 June 1964

The typical woman opponent of comprehensive schools is middle-class, a grammar school product, and an optimist about her offspring's 11-plus …

Archaeologists Unearth Roman Frontier Fort and Settlement in England

Located near the small coastal town of Maryport in northwestern England, remains of the ancient Roman fort of Alauna were first uncovered by amateur archaeologist Joseph Robinson in the late 19th century. Among the finds were an assemblage of no less that 22 stone altars, some bearing inscriptions, that tell a story of successive Roman commanders who commanded this, one of Imperial Rome’s northernmost outposts during the height of the Roman Empire’s expanse. The altars now grace the nearby …

Truth, lies and historical fiction: an interview with ‘The White Queen’ writer Philippa Gregory

Charlotte Hodgman caught up with the bestselling author in a bid to discover the secrets to turning history into good fiction<p><i>This article’s first</i> …

Creative Writing

Solving Stonehenge

In March 2008 archaeologists excavated at Stonehenge for the first time in over forty years. The results of the excavation will hopefully throw new …

Academic Research

RT @GregJRutherford: A great write up by Sarah Foot in this months @HistoryExtra. If you're into history then I suggest reading it http://t.co/s4B5MvVik8

Who Was Henry VIII?

To read this article in full you need to be either a print + archive subscriber, or else have purchased access to the online archive.<p>If you are …

June 24, 1948: The Berlin blockade begins

<b>June 24, 1948: The Berlin blockade begins.</b><p>The Berlin blockade was an early crisis of the Cold War that began when the Soviet Union, one of the four nations responsible for administering Germany in the years following World War II, severed communications and halted traffic in and out of the German capital of Berlin. The imposition of this blockade followed several key events that heightened tensions between the Soviet Union and the western Allies <i>—</i> in 1947, the British and American occupation …

Destined to Fail? How the division of Korea led to the Korean War

If there is one issue on which historians should be able to agree, it is that the artificial division of a country usually creates more problems than …

North Korea

June 25, 1947: The Diary of a Young Girl is published

<b>June 25, 1947: The Diary of a Young Girl is published.</b><p><i>Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.</i><p><i>-</i> Anne Frank (June 12, 1929 – February/March 1945)

Mick Aston obituary

Mick Aston, the archaeologist and former presenter of <i>Time Team</i>, has died. He was 66 years old.<p>Aston, who served on the advisory panel of <i>BBC History</i> …

Gallery of Edwardian female drunks banned from pubs

A gallery of female drinkers who have been barred from pubs has been unveiled, more than 100 years after it was first published.<p>The black and white mugshots show a series of women banned from their local pubs for anti-social behaviour during the early 1900s.<p>Authorities in Birmingham drew up a …

England

Video: The curse of the spinning statue at Manchester Museum - Manchester Evening News

Mary, Queen of Scots modelled in 3D

<b>The face of Mary, Queen of Scots has been recreated in 3D by a team of experts from the University of Dundee.</b><p>The team were commissioned to produce a virtual sculpture of Mary's face, for a new exhibition opening in Edinburgh.<p>They have previously worked on major projects to reconstruct the faces of …

Ancient History

Fenians: Mugshots of American Civil War Veterans, Irish in the Civil War

<b>The Fenian movement in America was extremely active before, during and immediately after the American Civil War. It recruited Irishmen with the aim of ‘striking a blow’ for Ireland when the opportunity arose. Many high profile Irish officers during the war were members, particularly in the Union ranks. Some returned to Ireland in 1866 to assist the movement in its aim of rising against British rule. Heavily infiltrated by spies, many of these men were arrested and eventually expelled from the</b> …