Volume 68 Issue 12 December 2018

Any Book You Like

A professionally organised covert industry satisfied the public’s demand for illicit books in the years before the French Revolution.

Welcoming the Strangers

Norwich prospered in the 16th century, thanks to an influx of immigrants, who arrived fleeing persecution.

Manifest Destiny

James K. Polk’s first State of the Union Address, on 2 December 1845, promoted the concept that the US should encompass all of North America.

The Best History Books 2018

From the Thirty Years War to the ancient civilisation of Iran, from Anglo-American rivalries in the desert to the persecution of indigenous peoples, historians select their favourite books of the past year.