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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.

History in Ruins

The changing fates of one of France’s grandest castles are a microcosm for its history.

Enemies of the Habsburgs

An alliance between Louis XIV and a Transylvanian prince was just one aspect of the Sun King’s ambition to dominate Europe.