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 First World War offered new opportunities for enterprising female doctors.

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

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...