History Today

Summary

History Today is an illustrated history magazine. Published monthly in London since January 1951, it presents serious and authoritative history to as wide a public as possible.[1] The magazine covers all periods and geographical regions and publishes articles of traditional narrative history alongside new research and historiography.[2] A sister publication History Review, produced tri-annually until April 2012, provided information for sixth form history students.

History Today
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History Today, May 2020.
EditorRhys Griffiths and Kate Wiles
FrequencyMonthly
Circulation17,100 (2019)
PublisherAndy Patterson
First issueJanuary 1951
CompanyHistory Today Ltd
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.historytoday.com
ISSN0018-2753

HistoryEdit

The magazine was founded after the Second World War, by Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information, chairman of the Financial Times and close associate of Sir Winston Churchill.[3] The magazine has been independently owned since 1981.[4] The founding co-editors were Peter Quennell, a 'dashing English man of letters'[5] and Alan Hodge, former journalist at the Financial Times.[6]

The website contains all the magazine's published content since 1951. A digital edition, available on a dedicated app, was launched in 2012 and re-released with improvements in 2015.[7]

History Review was a tri-annual sister publication of History Today magazine publishing material for sixth form level history students. The final issue of History Review was published in April 2012.[8]

The history departments of the Ohio State University and Miami University recognized the magazine as a "Best in History Online pick" as "a history magazine who aims to bring serious history to a wide audience."[9]

EditorsEdit

  • Peter Quennell (January 1951–October 1979) and Alan Hodge (January 1951–June 1979)
  • Michael Crowder (November 1979–July 1981)
  • Michael Trend (August 1981–April 1982)
  • Juliet Gardiner (May 1982– August 1985)
  • Gordon Marsden (September 1985–October 1997)[10]
  • Peter Furtado (January 1998–August 2008)[11]
  • Paul Lay (January 2009–January 2022)[12]
  • Rhys Griffiths and Kate Wiles (July 2022–present)[13]

AwardsEdit

Since 1997, The Longman-History Today Charitable Trust has held an annual awards ceremony at which presentations are made to those that have fostered a wider understanding of, and enthusiasm for, history. The main prize in the Longman-History Today Awards is for Book of the Year, given for an author’s first or second history book.[14] Since 2003, a prize for an undergraduate dissertation has been presented in association with the Royal Historical Society.[15] The Trustees' Award is presented to a person or organisation that has made a major contribution to history.[16] Past winners of the Trustees' Award include Professor David Olusoga.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Terry Haydn (2015). "History magazines in the UK". Commercialised History. Popular History Magazines in Europe: Approaches to a Historico-Cultural Phenomenon as the Basis for History Teaching (PDF). Peter Lang AG. pp. 275–294.
  2. ^ iholowaty (2015-05-19). "New e-access: History Today, 1951-current". Bodleian History Faculty Library at Oxford. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  3. ^ "History Today - Articles - Making History". archives.history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  4. ^ "History Today and tomorrow - trust established to take over History Today magazine - Brief Article". IndexArticles. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  5. ^ Lambert, Bruce (1993-10-31). "Peter Quennell, a Man of Letters And Man About Town, Dies at 88". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  6. ^ "History Today - Articles - Making History". archives.history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  7. ^ "History Today magazine changes digital publishing platform, launches new digital edition app". Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  8. ^ "British Library Item details". primocat.bl.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  9. ^ "Best in History Online: History Today," 26 April 2016, Stanton Foundation, Copyright © 2020 The Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences.
  10. ^ "Gordon Marsden". 2002-10-21. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  11. ^ "Peter Furtado". thamesandhudson.com. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  12. ^ "Media jobs UK: Latest big moves in news media tracked by Press Gazette". Press Gazette. 2022-02-24. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  13. ^ "Masthead | History Today". www.historytoday.com. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  14. ^ "The Longman-History Today Book of the Year longlist is announced, with three Yale titles in the running". Yale University Press London Blog. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  15. ^ "Transactions of the Royal Historical Society", Royal Historical Society, Cambridge University Press, vol. 12, no. Sixth Series, 16 January 2003, ISBN 978-0-521-81561-1
  16. ^ "Awards; History Today". www.historytoday.com.
  17. ^ "Top historian for University of Bedfordshire's Black and British online event". www.lutontoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2022-02-25.

External linksEdit

  • Official website