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The most powerful family of Florence and the most powerful man in the world offer a new solution to one of the most notorious crimes of the age.

An illustration of a hysterical patient, from Les Maladies épidémiques de l’esprit, by Paul-Marie Léon Regnard, 1884 © Bridgeman Images.

A Victorian doctor offering to cure female ‘lunacy’ came under fire for his scandalous new operation: female genital mutilation.

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels  at a campaign  rally, Berlin Sports Palast, 31 November 1933 © Bettmann/Getty Images.

On 1 January 1933, Germany was a democracy with a range of political parties. By the end of the year its parliament was a rubber stamp for Adolf Hitler’s will.

 Field Marshal Sir Jeffery Amherst, by Joshua Reynolds, 1765 © Bridgeman Images.

Three lives from Britain’s 18th-century global empire speak of collaboration, resistance and ambivalence.

The Edge of Doom, by Samuel Colman, 1836-38 Bequest of Laura L Barnes © Bridgeman Images.

Science and superstition collided when an apocalypse was predicted to strike the United States in December 1919.

The Calchaquí Valleys, Argentina. Guy Christian/Alamy.

An Indigenous rebellion in colonial Argentina foreshadowed later risings – and resonates to this day.

Pain and Sickness, from the Migraine Action Art Collection, 1983. Courtesy Migraine Action Art Collection (418)/Wellcome Collection.

In the stomach, the mind, or the brain – migraine’s causes and remedies have been debated for 2,000 years.

The body of Sean Treacy is carried away following a shoot-out with the Black and Tans, Dublin, 14 October 1920 © Sean Sexton/Getty Images.

A squalid incident in Tipperary set the tone for a bitter conflict.

Interior of a Dutch printing office, Abraham von Werdt, coloured woodcut, 17th century. Bridgeman Images.

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Marc Bloch serving  with the 72nd Infantry Regiment, c.1918 © Bridgeman Images.

A French medieval historian, who served his country in both world wars, helped pioneer a new approach to history in between them.