Volume 67 Issue 4 April 2017
A 19th-century folly inspired by Stonehenge.
The maxim ‘show don’t tell’ is often forgotten when film-makers confront historical horrors, argues Suzannah Lipscomb, as two recent cinema releases demonstrate.
Kate Wiles on Auldjo’s artistic map of Vesuvius across 200 year of major eruptions.
Perhaps the greatest disaster to ever befall humanity, the pandemic of 1918 is strangely overlooked.
In the first official games, which began on April 6th, 1896, 241 athletes from 14 countries competed in 43 events.
April 23rd, 1516
What is the soul, where does it come from and where does it go when we die? Such questions have continued to fascinate since the early modern period, and have resulted in surprisingly creative answers.
Angered by his native country’s rush towards western-style modernisation, the acclaimed Japanese author committed a shocking act of protest.
Despite its popularity in France, the political memoir took a while to get going in Britain. It was Lord Clarendon’s epic attempt to make sense of the turbulent 17th century that slowly set the ball rolling.
In the absence of a European democratic model, the Founding Fathers turned to the apparently perfect state of the Iroquois Five Nations as a template for a federal United States, combining the best of both worlds.
April 11th, 1911.
As Britain got hooked on tobacco, smoking paraphernalia became ubiquitous. Items such as tobacco boxes provide an insight into the anxieties and aspirations of the early modern psyche, says Angela McShane.
Viking sagas tell of conflict and heroic voyages but are prone to fantasy and exaggeration. How accurate are their scant accounts of the treatment of those injured in battle? Brian Burfield examines the elusive practice of Viking medicine.
Few episodes in the history of the British Labour movement have been as mythologised as that in which six Dorset farm labourers were shipped to Australia for their trade union activities. But, as Roland Quinault shows, their story is more complex and revealing than the myths allow.
Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world.
The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment.
Seeking a new life when poverty forced them from their homes, Victorian emigrants were at the mercy of others.
The ideas set out by Martin Luther sparked a reformation in the idea of authority itself.