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The Reading Room at the Warburg Institute, 1937

By By Tiziana Villani

The esteemed library played a key role after the Second World War.
Alexander the Great portrayed on an amphora from Magna Graecia, southern Italy, c 330 BC. De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Image

By Adrienne Mayor

A romantic liaison between Alexander the Great and the Amazon queen.

By Conor Meleady

The futile efforts of a would-be caliph in the 1920s.
An edition of John Bull from November 1917

By David Nash

There is nothing new about populist movements.
Eve is created from Adam's rib, Souvigny Bible, 12th century. De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

By Laura Ashe

English fiction dates from the mid-12th century
Saint-Just in a portrait by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, 1793. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon / Bridgeman Images

By Marisa Linton

Young, idealistic and violent, Saint-Just embodied the revolution.
Herbert Hoover as head of the Food Administration, 1918

By Glen S. Jeansonne

The future President's extraordinary humanitarianism.
Winston Churchill, c.1900

By Chris Wrigley

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By Dean Nicholas

Our most popular articles of the past 12 months.
HMS Invincible

By Philip Weir

Britain’s contribution to the war was not merely confined to the trenches of the Western Front.
Cuban propaganda poster in Havana featuring a Cuban soldier addressing a threatening Uncle Sam.

By Marc-William Palen

The unequal power relationship stretches back to the turn of the 20th century.
Presepe (nativity scenes) in the Via San Gregorio Armeno

By Rhys Griffiths

A round-up of some things we've enjoyed reading over the past week.
The Chieftones

By Rhys Griffiths

Rare and largely unheard music by native artists.
Ceramic whistle in the shape of a turkey. Colima, Mexico, c 200 B.C. - A.D. 500. From the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

By Alexander Lee

The turkey’s path to festive supremacy.

By Ruth Kinna

A history of the Arts and Crafts movement.
'Battle at the Milvan Bridge' by Pieter Lastman, 17th century

By John Coffey

A new version of the Exodus story.


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