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Volume 68 Issue 8 August 2018

A staple of Russia and the Slavic world, borscht has inspired films and novels – and has even reached outer space.

The compassionate Buddhist deity who walks among us.

A teenager shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll helped transform relations between Japan and the United States.

Since the moment Emily Brontë died we have tried – and failed – to understand who she was. 

What electoral rights did Britons have in the century before 1918?

Women played a minor role in the Easter Rising of 1916. But they became crucial intelligence agents in the Anglo-Irish War.

The dramatic events that shook Britain in the 17th century resonate more strongly than ever, despite attempts to marginalise them.

The West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was an admirer of Britain from an early age. But his vision of European integration was not that of his British counterparts. 

The shortest war in history began (and ended) on 27 August 1896.

From the taming of the ‘Wild West’ to the lucrative wages of sin.

Why the British government can’t reveal more about an ‘open secret’.

From monks to Vikings to tourists, Manx has (almost) survived against the odds.

The concerns of a Sardinian abbess, as seen through the letters of Gregory the Great.

Never fully exorcised, the memory of Italy’s fascist past is fading.

Nobody who has visited India can fail to marvel at the country’s railways. Employing 1.3 million people, they are the world’s third largest employer...
‘A quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.’ The notorious words of Neville Chamberlain come to mind when reading...
It is a truism that the modern world feels the influence of ancient Greece – not least, in languages, arts, politics – yet the interactions of...
At 6pm on 18 June 1940, a relatively unknown French two-star general, Charles de Gaulle, composed himself in front of a microphone at the BBC’s...
The history of the Crusades and the establishment of Latin Christian (Frankish) ‘Crusader States’ along the Eastern Mediterranean littoral has proved...

An enchanting series revealed the strangeness of the past to generations of children.  

‘People don't learn from others’ mistakes. We have a need to make our own.’

How will modern women respond to the realities of a 16th-century life?