Volume 70 Issue 8 August 2020

Sink or Swim

Snobs, bores and triumphs at the Royal Society of Arts.

Summer Reading List

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

Memento Mori

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

Fallen Idols

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

Leading Ladies

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

Captain Cook’s Contested Claim

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?