Prince of purity: Wilhelm IV of Bavaria and the Reinheitsgebot. Ⓒ Bridgeman Images
The Reinheitsgebot was adopted on 23 April 1516.

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Soviet tanks roll into Prague, 21 August 1968.
‘Socialism with a human face’ came head to head with the realities of Soviet communism.

Ilana Seelinger

Top of cannabis plant in vegetative growth stage
The medicinal history of cannabis in Britain.

Vivienne Crawford

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Volume 68 Issue 5 May 2018

  • Mermaids and mermen
  • The United States of Ancient Greece
  • The anchorites who escaped
  • Weapons of war in the Crusades
  • Female painters: portrait of the artist
  • Poland and the problematic nature of Holocaust remembrance
  • The history of Wales in pictures

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