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The Slave Hunter,  by Jean-Baptiste  Debret, 19th century © Bridgeman Images.

Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.

Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, 1960. Still from La Dolce Vita (Pathé, 1960). Directed by Federico Fellini. Produced by Giuseppe Amato and Angelo Rizzoli. Cinematography by Otello Martelli. Photo © John Kobal Foundation/Getty.

Love and possession during the Italian economic miracle.

Murder Mystery

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.