Volume 58 Issue 8 August 2008
Lucy Riall explores the social and political issues in Italy following the country’s unification. She shows how these issues became the focus for a dynamic new artistic movement of the 1890s, Divisionism, a forerunner to Futurism and the subject of a current exhibition at the National Gallery.
Martin Pugh argues that life during the interwar years was brighter than has often been suggested, in spite of its association with economic depression and the rise of Fascism.
Mark Juddery examines the impact and appeal of the film that has sold more tickets at the US box office than any other.
The Cold War has become this year’s hot media topic. Taylor Downing welcomes the chance to look more critically at the era of ‘mutually assured destruction’.
The emperor Hadrian presided over the Roman empire at its height, defined its borders and was one of the most cultured rulers of the ancient world. Neil Faulkner revisits his legacy, as the British Museum opens a major exhibition on his life and times.
John Hanning Speke discovered the source of the Nile on August 3rd, 1858.
Tobias Grey meets the journalist who was at Charles de Gaulle’s side for twenty-six years.