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Pablo Picasso wearing a bull mask, Vallauris, France, 1949 © Gjon Mili/Time & Life/Getty Images

A time when anyone who was anyone spent weeks at a time on the Riviera.

Anne Sebba

A group of armed Afghans in the Khyber Pass, c.1910.
Against the odds, the Third Anglo-Afghan War of 1919 led to Afghanistan’s independence.

Heather Campbell

German soldiers in Paris, 1943 © Getty Images

A personal interpretation of France under two occupations, reissued as a Modern Classic.

Laura O'Brien

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Bernard Braden (left) wearing a large false beard (red) at the Cambridge Theatre,  4 October 1954 © Getty Images

During the Renaissance, the beard was the defining feature of a man.

Karl Wolff, Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich attend the premiere of the film Verräter (Traitor), Nuremberg, 1936 © akg-images

The Third Reich’s obsession with a pure Germanic past led to a renewed interest in the witch hunts of early modern Germany.

Race of the Steamboats: Robert E. Lee (nicknamed the ‘Monarch of the Mississippi’) and Natchez, chromolithograph, 1870 © Getty Images

Mark Twain painted an evocative vision of the Mississippi River, but he didn’t tell the whole story.

Captain Matthew Webb, Swam From Dover, England to Calais, France, from World's Champions, Second Series (N43) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes,1888. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The first successful unaided swim of the English Channel began on 24 August 1875

Three Indian men on a verandah pulling punkha strings, c.1900 © Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London/Bridgeman Images

Sweltering British imperialists relied on an army of fan bearers, whose stories are as invisible as the air they circulated.

Napoleon’s birthday fell on 15 August. How better to celebrate than by creating a new saint – one ‘Neopolus’ – and using the theatre to emphasise his links to historical kings and emperors?

A group of Sioux Indians protests at Alcatraz, 1968 © Getty Images

1964 was the first time Indians were mentioned in a State of the Union address, not as belligerent enemies or a 'problem'.

Disturbances  at Manchester!, illustration by Atkins, 1819 © Mary Evans Picture Library

Commemoration of Peterloo remembers the dead, but also promotes future democratic change.


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September 2019

Volume 69 Issue 9 September 2019

In the September issue:

  • Himmler's Witch Hunt
  • Life on the Mississippi
  • Keeping India Cool
  • Enemies of the Habsburgs
  • History in Ruins
  • History of Borek
  • The Beard Maketh the Man
  • What Counts as a Concentration Camp?