Behind the Times

Uncomfortable History

Japan’s responsibility for ‘comfort women’ is avoided by the state and written out of national histories. Activists are working to make Japan confront its past.

On the Road Again

Electric cars seem to offer a solution to the problem of the internal combustion engine. But technological advances have other consequences. 

Dissonant Horn

Ethiopia’s current crisis is rooted in a long history of regional and ethnic defiance towards the political centre. 

Belarus Remembers

Belarusian memory of the Second World War once helped legitimise the Lukashenka regime. Now it is undermining it. 

Trust in Change

Historians and curators in heritage organisations, such as the National Trust, do not invent the past, they uncover it. 

Distortions and Omissions

Chinese history is dominated by a nationalist interpretation that owes much to British ideas of the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Body and Mind

Are we adequately prepared for the toll this pandemic will take on mental health? 

Colonial Mentalities

A culture war on race and empire divided the intellectual classes of Victorian Britain.

Who’s Afraid of the Stasi?

The sinister reach of East Germany’s Ministry for State Security did not end in 1989. According to the British press, the Stasi is still with us.

Pandemics: Now and Then

As human populations expand and their exploitation of the globe increases, so does their vulnerability to certain diseases.