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'Monumentally bad diplomacy, worse strategy, chaotic military organisation and inept generalship' - Thomas Tulenko describes how great powers have failed in their attacks on Afghanistan. Penned as...

As a major new exhibition on the Aesthetic Movement opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Richard Cavendish explores Bedford Park, the garden suburb inspired by the movement’s ideals.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

The American Civil War was not a simple struggle between slaveholders and abolitionists, argues Tim Stanley.

Volume: 61 Issue: 9 2011

The Mamelukes were massacred in Cairo on March 1st, 1811.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

While industrialists in Manchester were busily engaged in developing the factory system, investors in London were applying its principles to the capital’s old pubs. The result was a coldly efficient business model. Jessica Warner explains how it worked and why it failed.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

George Augustus Frederick was appointed Prince Regent to his father King George III on February 5th, 1811. He was a heavy drinker and a compulsive gambler.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Robert Pearce asks whether Britain benefited from the 1853-56 contest.

Issue: 70 2011

Berlusconi is a product of the country's incomplete unification, argues Alexander Lee.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

A political exile, Richard Wagner found safety in Zurich, where he also discovered the love and philosophy that inspired his greatest works, as Paul Doolan explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

The conquest of Java, now part of Indonesia, is one of the least known episodes of British imperialism. But this short interregnum influenced the governance of the Indian Raj and proved a significant stepping stone in the career of the founder of Singapore, says Tim Hannigan.

Volume: 61 Issue: 9 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers the birth of the pianist who was also briefly prime minister of Poland.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

Wellington’s victories over the forces of Napoleon were critical to Britain’s ascendancy to superpower status. Peter Snow wonders why such a thrilling period of history is too often neglected.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

The great Russian author drew inspiration from the countryside and explored the practical and spiritual impact of trees on people, as well as on the environment and climate, Roland Quinault writes.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

R. E. Foster sifts myth from reality in the life of the 'Lady with the Lamp', who died 100 years ago.

Issue: 66 2010

Richard Cavendish descrives how, following Garibaldi's capture of Palermo, the Neapolitan garrison under General Ferdinando Lanza capitulated on June 6th, 1860.

Volume: 60 Issue: 6 2010

Rowena Hammal examines the fears and insecurities, as well as the bombast and jingoism, in British thinking.

Issue: 68 2010

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones recalls the Victorian economist who helped resolve the financial crisis in India after the Mutiny of 1857.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Once the classical world’s dominant port, by the early 19th century the city founded by Alexander the Great was seemingly in terminal decline. But the energy and vision of the Ottoman governor Muhammad Ali restored its fortunes and, ultimately, set Egypt on the path to independence, as Philip Mansel explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

At a time of widespread concern about the patriotism of 'economic migrants' and political refugees, Peter Barber tells the story of one 19th-century immigrant whose affection for Britain grew as political crisis severed his attachment to home.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

‘Complex marriage’, ‘male continence’ and the selection of the perfect partner were all themes propounded by a 19th-century cult in New York State. Clive Foss explores the influence of Plato’s Republic on John Humphrey Noyes and his Perfectionist movement.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

What was the Great Reform Act of 1832, how did it come about and what, if anything, did it achieve? Stephen Farrell looks at the people and politics involved.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Patricia Fara explores the scientific education of Mary Shelley and how a work of early science fiction inspired her best-known novel Frankenstein.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of December 20th, 1860.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

Robert Pearce examines the factors that led to Prussia's victory in the German civil war of 1866.

Issue: 66 2010

Graham Goodlad examines the changing role of the occupant of Number Ten in an era of significant political change.

Issue: 67 2010

The first Pony Express riders set off on April 3rd, 1860. Richard Cavendish charts its history.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

Richard Cavendish traces the evolution of today's 'mega-bucks' sports industry back to a small competition in Scotland in the mid-19th Century.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was not only a celebration of Victorian Britain’s scientific and economic pre-eminence but also a hymn to the religion that underpinned it, argues Geoffrey Cantor.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

James Hamilton looks at how volcanic activity in Iceland in 1783 and elsewhere elicited strange reactions, and stimulated the creative powers of artists and scientists.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

In 1817, during a period of economic hardship following the war with France, a motley crew of stocking-makers, stonemasons, ironworkers and labourers from a Derbyshire village attempted an uprising against the government. It was swiftly and brutally suppressed. Susan Hibbins tells the story of England’s last attempted revolution.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

Mark Rathbone looks at the Battle of the Widow McCormack’s Cabbage Garden and at what happened to those involved.

Issue: 67 2010

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