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Volume 70 Issue 8 August 2020

For centuries, one grossly distorted woodcut defined the ideal of a rare beast.

Politics, propaganda and censorship during the Civil Wars. 

The conflict that broke out between France and an ambitious new German state 150 years ago can lay claim to be the first modern war.

The French tradition of the royal mistress gave new opportunities for women at the court of Charles II.

The concept of terra nullius has long been at the heart of explanations of why the British did not treat with Aboriginal people following Cook’s arrival in Australia. But should it be?

Brutality, corruption and abuses of power in the Metropolitan Police at the turn of the 20th century led to an inquiry – but no reform.

Justin Champion, Professor of the History of Ideas at Royal Holloway University of London, died peacefully on 10 June, aged 59.

In the ancient world, statues were not symbols of virtue and could take revenge on those who attacked them.

Eight historians share the books they’ve enjoyed this year and reveal what’s on their ‘to-read’ pile. 

In Thomas Shadwell’s play The Virtuoso (1676), the natural philosopher Sir Nicholas Gimcrack is discovered in his laboratory, lying flat on his belly...

The presence of Covid-19 is a reminder of our new proximity to the fragilities and perils of the past.