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Central transept of the Great Exhibition, c.1851, John Nash.

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Radium was used in a range of beauty products.

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Central transept of the Great Exhibition, c.1851, John Nash.

Snobs, bores and triumphs at the Royal Society of Arts.

Rhinoceros, by Albrecht Dürer, woodcut, 1515. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC / Wikimedia/Creative Commons.

For centuries, one grossly distorted woodcut defined the ideal of a rare beast.

Summer Reading

Eight historians share the books they’ve enjoyed this year and reveal what’s on their ‘to-read’ pile. 

Home Secretary James Chuter Ede at his desk, c.1950 © Hulton Getty Images.

The Representation of the People Act, which received royal assent on 30 July 1948, abolished university constituencies.

Sunday Afternoon, by Leopold von Kalckreuth, 1893 © Bridgeman Images.Sunday Afternoon, by Leopold von Kalckreuth, 1893 © Bridgeman Images.

The presence of Covid-19 is a reminder of our new proximity to the fragilities and perils of the past.

Parliamentary propaganda of Cavalier cruelty, woodcut, 1644 © Bridgeman Images.

Politics, propaganda and censorship during the Civil Wars. 

Allegory of the Siege of Paris, 1870,  by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier © Bridgeman Images.

The conflict that broke out between France and an ambitious new German state 150 years ago can lay claim to be the first modern war.

Remnants from a probable statue of Demetrius the Besieger, c.300 BC. Courtesy American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Agora Excavations.

In the ancient world, statues were not symbols of virtue and could take revenge on those who attacked them.

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Volume 70 Issue 8 August 2020

In the August issue:

  • The Power of the Royal Mistress
  • The Franco-Prussian War
  • Captain Cook’s Contested Claim
  • A War of Words
  • What is History?
  • Community Policing
  • Statues
  • Who’s Afraid of the Stasi
  • Rhinos

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