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Behind the myth of a vulnerable island defended by a small band of fighter pilots to give due credit to the courage of the redoubtable civilian population.

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‘Looking at medieval history through the prism of Max Weber is challenging.’

In the early 19th century ‘filthy rags’ – or banknotes – became a common form of currency. A surge in forgery followed, accompanied by a surge in harsh prosecutions. How did we get from gold to paper?

Great dane, 1949 © Mary Evans Picture Library.

No canine character has played a more crucial role in literature than Bendicò in Lampedusa’s The Leopard.

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Landscape, 1889. Auguste Renoir. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Utopian ideas from an era that looked to the future with optimism.

The Triumph of Bacchus (Dionysus), c.1628,  by Diego Velázquez © Photo Josse/Bridgeman Images.

The long history of drinking games – and how to win them.

Muscat, Oman, 20th century.

The tension between Oman’s outward-looking coastal regions and its religious interior came to a head in the 20th century. Would the country be governed by sultan or imam?

Mrs Blann casts her vote in the North Croydon by-election, 11 March 1948 © Getty Images.

Who was the first and only prime minister to be assassinated? How many people were in the Council of Ten?

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July 2020

Volume 70 Issue 7 July 2020

In the July issue:

  • The Field of Cloth of Gold
  • Child Voters
  • The Colonels’ Failed PR Coup
  • The Early Life of Gibberish
  • Venetian Spies
  • History’s Worst Political Advisers
  • Drinking Games
  • Ancient Work Hazards
  • Dogs

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