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Illustration by R. Fresson.
The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.

Justin & Stephanie Pollard

The real and mythical dangers of the wilderness.

Tim Flight

Road to Siberia, by Sergei Miloradovich.

The wretched existence of those banished to Russia’s freezing expanses east of the Urals is vividly described in this excellent study.

Paul Dukes

From the Archive: Food & Drink

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.

Jessica Warner

The Malabar coast in western India was the earliest scene of European sea-borne trade.

Iris Macfarlane

A design for a pinery and orangery at Teddington, Middlesex, 1806.
People have always manipulated nature to improve their diet.

Annie Gray

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Detail of the Lindisfarne Gospels, f.27r (c) British Library Board.

The British Library’s new exhibition is a star-studded tour of the Anglo-Saxons at their most eloquent.

Illustration by R. Fresson.

The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.

Court shoes of ‘Mrs Broughton Rowse’, in kid leather with silk rosettes, c.1790s.

The story of silk, which connected the world with a thread.

German stormtroops depicted in ‘Either … Or …’, from the magazine Simplicissimus, August 1918. Illustration by Eduard Thöny.

When the Great War broke out in 1914, the German imperial army was regarded as the finest fighting force on earth. Just four years later, it was crushed by Britain and its allies.

Alexander Morison by Richard Dadd, 1852.

Caring for the mentally ill in Victorian Britain was hard, unrewarding and dangerously unregulated. Alexander Morison tried to improve things for both the unwell and their carers.

Talos of Crete

Autocrats have deployed automatons as weapons since antiquity, not just in myth but in reality. 

Armistice celebrations  in London, 11 November 1918.

Having survived the rigours of the Great War, soldiers faced the return to civilian life. For some, it presented an even greater challenge.

Winfarthing pendant, early seventh century, found in a woman's grave in Norfolk, 2015.

Often lost behind stories of kings, queens, bishops and saints, what was life like for an Anglo-Saxon woman below the upper ranks of society?

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Volume 68 Issue 11 November 2018

  • The end of the First World War
  • Tyrants and robots
  • Mental illness in the 19th century
  • Lenin, the Machiavellian Marxist
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