Beyond the popular image of a harsh, vast expanse.

Rhys Griffiths

Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor, by François Baron Gérard, c.1805.

How Napoleon bestrode Europe, playing a deadly serious ‘game of thrones’.

Malcolm Crook

How Anglo-American rivalries led to death at the theatre.

Robert Davis

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The ‘First Television War’ was also documented in over 5,000 songs. From protest to patriotism, popular music reveals the complexity of America’s two-decade long experience struggling against communism in Vietnam.

Cardinal virtue: Thomas Wolsey, by Sampson Strong, 16th century. (Bridgeman Images)

Projects for a peaceful Europe go back centuries. Occasionally, they succeed – for a while at least.

Compositeur fantastique: Hector Berlioz, by Pierre Petit, c.1860.

The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.

Bronze relief panel from the Gutenberg Monument in Mainz, by David d’Angers, 1840.

How one of the greatest advances in human culture also helped divide Christendom.  

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Observed by Queen Katherine (1870), by Marcus Stone.

For the lesser-known members of the great Tudor dynasties, loyalties were divided. Should you support your king, queen or family?

US Marines evacuating wounded comrades, Kut al-Amara, 3 April 2003. (Gilles Bassignac/Gamma-Rapho, Paris)

Two imperial ventures, in the same Middle East town a century apart, reveal the similarities – and differences – in the exercise of power.

A pagan queen, an unruly woman and a valiant warrior: Boudica has lived a varied afterlife in British history. Why is the ancient queen of the Iceni such an enduring figure?

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Volume 68 Issue 10 October 2018

  • Divided loyalties in Tudor England
  • Lord Liverpool, Eurosceptic
  • Recycling to win the Second World War
  • Mesopotamia: the land between two rivers
  • The end of the English republic
  • St George and the Dragon

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