The Best Articles of 2021
A selection of our favourite articles from the past year.
We’ve put together our annual selection of some of our favourite articles from the past twelve months, in which a new language is invented, riot and rebellion stalks Restoration London, rivalries emerge over tourists and ghosts become politically partisan.
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The recently discovered chronicle of an opinionated, elderly aristocrat provides a vivid portrayal of Paris during the most febrile days of the French Revolution.
Gina Anne Tam
Believing language would unify their struggling nation, Chinese officials began a project to create a national language and define what it meant to speak Chinese.
The image of Roman Bath was the creation of 18th- and 19th-century archaeologists. Only now are new perspectives revealing a more complex and accurate history of the city.
Thomas M. Lekan
A newly independent Tanganyika hoped to capture part of the lucrative European market for African tourism. But its rivalry with neighbouring Kenya proved an obstacle.
For wealthy tourists travelling to the Middle East in the 19th century, the services of a dragoman were an essential purchase. Yet the often difficult lives of these local agents and guides remain elusive.
As the age of revolutions swept across Europe, the Pacific also witnessed dramatic changes when monarchies were rebuilt and societies transformed.
A polarising poltergeist sowed division in 18th-century England.
Puccini’s opera revealed misunderstandings and stereotypes on both sides of the East-West divide.
An armed uprising by a handful of religious extremists in Restoration London led to serious consequences for British and, ultimately, world history.
A miniature Emancipation Proclamation helped to recruit Black soldiers during the Civil War.