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Volume 69 Issue 3 March 2019

Four historians consider one of the most contentious questions facing the West’s museums and galleries.

History suggests that Britain’s relationship with Europe may never truly be resolved.

The Japanese dish of humble origins that conquered the world. 

A mythical turning point in the history of Europe.

Faced with extreme pressures, the ruler of England suffered a complete breakdown. But beware modern diagnoses of medieval mental health.

How can we work out the true value of money in the past? It depends how you do the sums.

We remember the Dutch Golden Age for its paintings – which may be why so few realise that it was Europe’s publishing powerhouse. 

The classical world created a variety of means of mobility for the disabled – both mythical and real.

A secret communication between Germany and Mexico was exposed on 3 March 1917.

The relationship between France, Germany and Britain is at the heart of the European story. Three historical figures embody it.

France’s elite police unit is being compared to the SS – not for the first time.

In one Italian hospital, an invented disease helped save hundreds from the occupying Nazis.

Founded to safeguard the world’s heritage, UNESCO’s status often threatens what it seeks to protect.

In his book The Company of Strangers , the economist Paul Seabright invites readers to meditate on his shirt. Everything about it, from the...
Was the British Empire boring? As Jeffrey Auerbach notes in his irreverent new book, it’s an unexpected question, largely because imperial culture...
When Franz Kafka claimed ‘I am made of literature’ it wasn’t a metaphor, it was a metaphysical proposition. In his own case, he was suggesting,...
The word ‘fat’ carries burdens of social, cultural and visual expectation, but also a historical one. Size is usually described in terms of bigger...

Britain received more Marshall aid than Germany, but spent much of it propping up a delusion. 

‘I’d be disappointed if I didn’t meet Emperor Claudius in the afterlife.’

A medieval masterpiece has much to say about the modern preoccupation with greed.

Across the Balkans, relics of Ottoman glory and decline, such as mosques, bridges and hamams, exist in various states of disrepair. Can they be brought back to life?