In 1944, the former archbishop of Canterbury mounted a case to preserve the Italian abbey, renowned for centuries for scholarship and devotion, but Allied forces had just destroyed it.
After half of all European Jews were killed by the Nazis, the post-Holocaust credo of Jews around the world has been "Never again!" But there's been a surge in anti-Semitism since 2017.
The way in which the pandemic has altered the maternity experience has unexpected echoes with expectant mothers during the second world war.
Even a highly popular and respected leader can lose an election, writes a historian – especially if they don't have a plan for the future. Churchill was one of them.
We can celebrate Dame Vera while rejecting racist myths about Second World War Britain and those who seek to use Lynn to advance a xenophobic nostalgia.
As it faced imminent Nazi invasion , Britain needed heroes. The RAF provided one ready made: a fighter pilot with no legs.
The 'pots to planes' appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.
PODCAST: The fourth part of a series from The Anthill Podcast on how the world has recovered from past crises examines the aftermath of the second world war in the UK.
In many national crises, black Americans have been essential workers – but serving in crucial roles has not resulted in economic equality.
US correspondents in Britain played a big part in convincing the American public to support the British war effort.
There is a case to be made for a new Commonwealth agency to lead the recovery effort, built on the model of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction after the second world war.
From Brexit to coroanvirus, Britain keeps looking to the second world war and its spirit as a way to get through. However, the ideas of the period are not so close to the truth.
It may not have been Britain's finest hour, but was it Fleet Street's?
When two of Britain's most influential voices clashed over allied bombing of Germany, Orwell took an unusual line.
The culture of remembrance in Germany is viewed by many as exemplary. But it has some grave shortcomings.
Food is essential to survival. It is also essential to identity. During times of national crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and in the historical landscape, food issues become prominent.
There's a widening split over rival interpretations of the end of the second world war and its aftermath.
Just like now, Britain's war effort depended on the sacrifice of migrants and minorities. But this was soon forgotten.
It was a great celebration, but not everyone was jubilant.
Britain's newspaper's reported some wild scenes as the nation celebrated, but none wilder than in the Daily Mirror's cartoon strip.