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A witch feeding her toad-imps in a 1630 woodcut.
Andrew Allen looks at one of the bizarre fairground attractions of Georgian England and the fate of its practitioners.

Andrew Allen

'Italy. With the help of Marshall Plan funds, a new product rolled out of the factory, the Vespa Piaggio plant at Pontedera near Pisa, Italy.' c. 1948-1955. US National Archives.
In the ideological battlefield of the recovery and reshaping of Europe, a plan was developed between the US and European Nations on 5 June 1947.

Tony Aldous

Promotional photo of Lyudmila Pavlichenko ‘defending Sevastopol’, 6 June 1942 © Ozersky/AFP/Getty Images
The ‘Guerrilla Queen’ of Soviet Russia became a role model for women in combat.

Julie Wheelwright

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Still Life with Fruit, by Osias Beert, c.1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

How Chinese porcelain became a worldwide sensation, changing tastes and the global economy.

The philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1676 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. English, 17th century.

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A mass rally in Tiananmen Square of Beijing in 1965 against U.S. intervention in Congo-Léopoldville. Wiki Commons.

An outsider’s observations from the moments before China’s Cultural Revolution.

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