The British victory at Plassey in Bengal, on 23 June, 1757, was a crucial event in the history of India.

Richard Cavendish

Soviet planes flying over German positions near Moscow.
A fascinating speculation on what might have happened for the future of the world if Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union had been successful.

Dmitry Oleinikov and Sergei Kudryashov

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

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

Malcolm Crook

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The East German Uprising of 1953 was the first major revolt to take place in the Soviet Bloc.

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The second son of Christopher Columbus amassed one of the greatest collections of books and prints of the Renaissance.

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The 18th century was a turbulent period in Javanese history, when local kingdoms, Dutch traders and a mysterious Turk became embroiled in a series of bloody conflicts.

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Volume 68 Issue 7 July 2018

  • When tuberculosis was fashionable
  • Days of dissent in the DDR
  • Taming Pocahontas
  • The invisible countess
  • A history of Melanesia
  • Anglo-Saxon monsters

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