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Celebrated memory: The Defence of Rorke’s Drift, by Alphonse Marie de Neuville, 1880.
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Boys just want to have fun: February scene from the Trivulzio tapestry, by Benedetto da Milano, after a design by Bramantino, Milan, 1504-9.
Venetian officials sought to stem a ‘plague’ of sodomy by promoting the heterosexual sex trade.

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Charles Hutton, engraving by H. Ashby, 1824.

From the pit to Pythagoras, the self-made man rose to the top of the mathematical world and divided it in two. 

Sculpture of Agrippina crowning her young son Nero (c. 54–59 AD)

On the women who made imperial Rome.

Section of the Thai- Burma Railway along the River Kwai, Thailand, December 2009.

The Thai-Burma railway was built by prisoners of war in appalling conditions. The dead were treated with a dignity denied the living.

Boys just want to have fun: February scene from the Trivulzio tapestry, by Benedetto da Milano, after a design by Bramantino, Milan, 1504-9.

Venetian officials sought to stem a ‘plague’ of sodomy by promoting the heterosexual sex trade.

A warped path from Caspar David Friedrich to Adolf Hitler arrives at the dark heart of German Romanticism. Does a painting represent human triumph or a humbling? The answer is in the ideological eye of the beholder.

City on the hill: the south-west face of Lincoln Cathedral. Illustration by Arthur Wilde Parsons, 1888.

An Icelandic scholar exemplifies the rich cultural exchanges of the Middle Ages.

Lithograph of Kandahar by Lieutenant James Rattray, 1848.

The story of Afghanistan from the 13th century until the present illuminates why the international intervention that began in 2001 failed to deliver.

A life examined: Rosalind Franklin, c.1950.

Rosalind Franklin’s work was pivotal to one of the 20th century’s greatest scientific discoveries.

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Volume 69 Issue 1 January 2019

  • America: the last empire
  • Why the British know so little about Irish history 
  • The conquest of Mexico
  • How to champion democracy
  • Behind bars in Victorian England
  • 17th-century medical care
  • Iran and the ‘Old Enemy’

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