Volume 74 Issue 5 May 2024

Inventing Cyrillic

The Cyrillic alphabet is celebrated across the Slavonic-speaking world, but not only as an appreciation of literacy – it has a political dimension too.

Catching Nessie on Film

The Loch Ness Monster’s first appearance on film captured both the hype and the scepticism surrounding cinema’s newest star.

On the Spot: Eugene Rogan

‘The most common misconception about my field? That the Arabs are unusually prone to conspiracy theories to explain political developments.’

How the CCP is Closing China

Forty years of opening and reform persuaded a lot of people that the Chinese are not really communists. But modern China was modelled on the USSR, and its leaders want to revert to their Leninist roots.