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Statue of Bonhoeffer, Westminster Abbey. Peter Horree/Alamy.

The quiet resistance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

The Triumph of Bacchus (Dionysus), c.1628,  by Diego Velázquez © Photo Josse/Bridgeman Images.

The long history of drinking games – and how to win them.

Work Safety

The ancient world found ingenious solutions for protective equipment in the workplace – but did its workers benefit?

Audley End, near Saffron Walden, Essex, 1949 © John Tarlton/Getty Images.

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

Detail from Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages of Decomposition, handscroll, Meiji Japan, c.1870s © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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

The entrance to Endell Street Military Hospital, 1917 © © TopFoto.

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

Advertisement for London coffeehouse, c.1700 © Bridgeman Images.

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

James Buchanan (detail), illustration by Charles Child, 1933 © Bridgeman Images.

Attempts by the US and French governments to buy favourable coverage in British newspapers proved a costly failure.

Jemima Campbell, Marchioness Grey (detail) by Allan Ramsay, 1741 © National Trust Photographic Library/Bridgeman Images.

A lively, privileged group of young intellectuals grew ever more alarmed by the crises that struck Britain in the mid-1740s.

Women workers at Crossley’s factory, Halifax, West Yorkshire, 1959 © Mirrorpix/Getty Images.

A momentous change in the status of women began in the 1950s.