Volume: 59 Issue: 11
The careers of the three Kennedy brothers defined the politics of America in the 1960s, a decade that began amid vigour and optimism and ended in scandal and cynicism. Yet still they fascinate, writes Tim Stanley.
Paul Lay introduces the 11th edition of our 59th volume.
A selection of your correspondence.
David Souden reviews a book by Robert Harbison
Andrew Robinson reviews a collection by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans
A major new book and BBC television series tell the long,
complex and often surprising history of Christianity.
Writer and presenter Diarmaid MacCulloch talks about his huge undertaking with Paul Lay
Mark Bryant looks at the rich tradition of cartoons and caricatures inspired by the Gunpowder Plot.
A revolution in sociability took place among the genteel and ‘middling’
classes of 18th-century England, as visiting friends of similar social
status became a leisure pursuit in itself, especially among women,writes Amanda Vickery.
A century ago, the British authorities in India passed a series of reforms that they hoped would appease the subcontinent’s increasingly confident political movements. But, writes Denis Judd, it was too little, too late.
The messages sent by British soldiers of the First World War to their loved ones back home have long been valued for what they tell us about daily life in the trenches. But their authors were often at pains not to reveal too much of the horror they endured. Anthony Fletcher considers what these documents reveal about the men’s inner lives.
Michael Scott looks at how a time of crisis in the fourth century BC proved a dynamic moment of change for women in the Greek world.
Military concerns drove the development of nuclear weapons. But a by-product of this huge deployment of scientific resources by the US and the UK was an upsurge in biological research leading to a new age of regenerative medicine. Alison Kraft discusses the history of stem cell biology.
The natural philosopher and scientist Robert Boyle was revered in his time for his pioneering enquiry into a wide range of natural phenomena.Yet within half a century of his death he was almost forgotten, overshadowed by his contemporary Isaac Newton. Michael Hunter explains why.
An idea promoted by Pope Urban II at the end of the 11th century continues to resonate in modern poliltics. Jonathan Phillips traces the 800-year history of ‘Crusade’ and its power as a concept that shows no sign of diminishing.
As a new installation at the National Gallery recreates Amsterdam’s red-light district, Melanie Abrams traces the history of Dutch liberalism.
The French president’s decision
to introduce a competitive
Anglo-Saxon model for research
funding has led to mass revolt.
But few disagree that Gallic
higher education is in need of
reform, writes Martin Evans.
The public unveiling of an
extraordinary collection of Anglo-Saxon metalwork was reported in
a crass and trivial way, says
Justin Pollard. He considers its
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