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A Perfect Landing

Overshadowed between two dramatic missions, the success of Apollo 12 was vital to the continuing space project.

The Torrid Zone

In the 18th century, Europeans in the tropics found themselves beset by an array of unpleasant afflictions. They blamed black women, the climate and the strength of their own masculinity.

Berlin’s Other Anniversary

The fall of the Berlin Wall was as much about beginnings as it was about endings. Out of the rubble came a new hope: techno music.

Virgin Islands of the Atlantic

The first ‘New World’ reached by Europeans was not in the Americas, but in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where previously uninhabited islands were transformed forever.

In Praise of Older Women

Early modern historians, obsessed by widows and spinsters, have neglected the sexuality of other middle-aged women.

The Great Dictators

What do the tyrants of the 20th century have in common? Terror, confusion and quasi-religious followings.

Beyond Good and Evil

As a frontline soldier in the First World War, the German artist Otto Dix fell under the spell of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and his assault on Christian morality.