Volume 68 Issue 7 July 2018

The world’s most popular fast food has ancient roots, but it was a royal seal of approval that set it on the path to global domination.

A cautionary Classical tale of solipsism and self-obsession.

During the late 18th century the physical effects of tuberculosis became the ideals of beauty for the fashionable woman.

The East German Uprising of 1953 was the first major revolt to take place in the Soviet Bloc.

How a story of captivity, salvation and conversion became a tool to justify Britain’s conquest of the New World. 

The 18th century was a turbulent period in Javanese history, when local kingdoms, Dutch traders and a mysterious Turk became embroiled in a series of bloody conflicts.

Born into one of Britain’s great political dynasties and married into another, Mary Elizabeth Pitt was determined to embrace the responsibilities of a woman of her standing, despite the many obstacles in her way.

The two-piece swimsuit was unveiled on 5 July 1946.

A geographical concept based on outdated European ideas of race – does 'Melanesia' exist?

A translator alters more than a text’s language, turning the process into a political statement.

The worst monsters to the Anglo-Saxon mind were those who thought like humans but chose to act differently.

Daniel Mendoza (c.1765-1836), the Jewish ‘Professor of Pugilism’, as depicted by James Gillray. Simon Schama is a teller of historical tales par...
John Julius Norwich’s history of France was his final tribute to a country that he loved throughout his long life, ‘living in everything from the...
Thanks to decades of meticulous historical research, we know a great deal about the historical life of William Shakespeare. Born in Stratford-upon-...
The people known to history as the Phoenicians occupied a narrow tract of land along the coast of modern Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel. They are...
Vadim Kozin. Dan Healey argues convincingly in this scholarly work that homophobic persecution has its origins in Russia’s experience of political...
Ferdinand Columbus. Christopher Columbus brought the riches of the New World to Spain; his son, Ferdinand, collected the riches coming from the new...

The late, great American novelist performed an important, but little-known, cultural role during the Cold War.  

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? That we allowed Donald Trump to violate the US constitution.’

The unlikely links between an obscure English saint and a Viking warrior.