Volume 69 Issue 5 May 2019

Leading historians discuss one of the burning questions of the day.

Who cares whether China stops buying soy from the United States? History suggests we all should.

Travelling the world with the diaspora, jerk is an artefact of Jamaica’s troubled colonial history and a powerful testament to the island’s centuries-long quest for freedom.

A chaotic, menacing assembly of gods and trolls and restless souls.

Periods are a fact of life, but little talked about. How did women in the concentration camps cope with the private being made public in the most dire and extreme circumstances?

After a disastrous Second World War, Japan abolished its armed forces and embraced pacifism. With renewed tensions in East Asia, can it last?

In the medieval period you could touch the divine – and smell it, see it, hear it and taste it, sometimes all at once.

The medieval world was incredibly learned, but how did its great bank of knowledge spread – from Classical Greece to the libraries of the East and from there to the bookshelves of England?

Teenagers were agents of change in 1960s Britain, but the birth of youth movements such as the Mods was heavily indebted to the multicultural society from which they grew.

Found guilty of fraud, the French chemist was executed on 8 May 1794.

Can Welsh history be separated from British history, or are they too intertwined?

Lal Ded was a pioneer of Kashmiri poetry, who raised the consciousness of the common people and challenged ideas of caste, religion and gender.

Many people have been accused of trying to establish a Fourth Reich, but what was it?

What’s the point of petitions?

‘Romp’ is, alas, a word that has fallen out of popular usage. A shame, as there is no better description of the life of Robert Parkin Peters: a...
In spring 1589, Claude Rouveyrolle, a French woman living in the Protestant city of Nîmes, was violently attacked by two men. They had begun by...
The Creation, from the Luther Bible, c.1530. ‘Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in...
Mary Kelly in Miller’s Court, London, 1888. In this bold new social history, Hallie Rubenhold explores the lives of five women who found fame only in...
In 1948 Irving Penn undertook a series of portraits of celebrities in a corner he’d assembled in his New York studio. The aim was to provoke the...

The work of the historian Norman Cohn has taken on a new resonance. We should heed his warnings.

‘We can’t see our own blindspots, so, as we anatomise those of our predecessors, we perpetuate our own.’

After 800 years, a playful medieval poem still offers lessons in how not to debate.