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Ernest Bevin as Foreign Secretary, August 1945 © Popperfoto/Getty Images

A remarkable political career suggests that social mobility is of benefit to us all.

Lambert’s Lily: Nerine sarniensis, illustration by Pancrace Bessa, 1820. © Bridgeman Images

An English Arcadia and an enduring struggle.

Storied life: Zsa Zsa Gabor with her poodle, Farouk, c.1960 © Ed Clark/LIFE/Getty Images

What connects a Hollywood star, a physicist of genius and a recently departed historian?

Gatherer of souls: Helmuth James von Moltke on trial, Berlin 1944.

An alliance of unlike minds offered hope for the future during Europe’s darkest days.

Inner demons: the execution of Anabaptists at Münster, 1536.

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

Triple Episcopacie, a puritan satire on Archbishop Laud, 1641.

Social media recreates the anxieties associated with early modern puritanism.

George Marshall defends his European Recovery Programme before the Senate.

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

Brendan Bracken alongside Winston Churchill, April 1939.

Social mobility and self-invention in the pre-digital age.

Vanitas, by Edward Collier, late 17th century.

Can the collective endeavour of history still be our guide in the age of solipsism?

Meiji, Emperor of Japan, and the imperial family, woodcut, late 19th century. (Getty Images)

When it comes to rapid world-changing events, the Meiji Restoration has few equals.