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Volume 70 Issue 6 June 2020

Worms are among the simplest of creatures. But, as Darwin discovered, even they share things in common with humanity.

Four historians consider whether the sudden collapse of the world economy caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will be followed by an equally dramatic resurgence.

Boris Johnson is facing a national crisis like few other prime ministers. Which of his predecessors will he draw comparisons with?

Despite a legion of suitors, the wife of Odysseus remains loyal to his memory.

Botany became an unlikely battlefield in the Age of Revolutions.

The British government’s universal credit scheme seeks solutions to problems that have frustrated politicians for centuries.

Warriors in red cloaks battling against the odds at Thermopylae is the image usually associated with Sparta. But a richer and more contentious tale lies in the ancient city’s stones.

The city of Thebes was central to the ancient Greeks’ achievements in politics and culture. For many centuries it has been largely – and often deliberately – forgotten.

The hero of the Haitian Revolution’s lonely death in a French prison cell was not an unfortunate tragedy but a cruel story of deliberate destruction.

The Chinese government’s reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic reveals much about its memory of the humiliations of the 19th century.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp premiered on 10 June 1943.

The Kalmar Union between Denmark, Norway and Sweden came to an end on 6 June 1523.

The Gowers Report of 1950 was the first step in the postwar rescue of Britain’s country house heritage.

A Japanese genre of painting, rooted in Buddhist ideals, takes an unflinching view of the dead.

The First World War offered new opportunities for enterprising female doctors.

Coffeehouses and coffee were not as closely related as one might think.

In the West, the 19th century was a frenetic one for the horse, which became ubiquitous and democratised, fetishised and consumed in multiple senses...
History is always politics. For governments, as well as social and religious institutions, control of narratives about the past is a vital source of...
Why should Karl Marx be included in Yale’s excellent Jewish Lives series when the subject of this fascinating book never referred to his Jewish...
In her last book, Liberty’s Dawn , Emma Griffin argued that Britain’s Industrial Revolution brought significant gains to men’s lives. Drawing on...
In 1516, Niccolò Machiavelli, keen to earn the favour of Florence’s recently restored ruling family, arrived at the Palazzo Medici to present Lorenzo...
American political consultants have a dictum: ‘Washington is Hollywood for the ugly.’ It’s funny and it points to an important similarity between the...

Covid-19 has rekindled ancient tensions between city and country.

History has taught me that even ‘unreformable’ systems can be reformed or dismantled from within.

In a time of crisis, empathy is the antidote to a culture of naming and shaming.