Bashkir switchman near the town Ust' Katav on the Yuryuzan River between Ufa and Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains region, c. 1910
The world's longest railway was completed on 21 July 1904.

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William Whyte

Painting by John Collier, "A glass of wine with Caesar Borgia", from left: Cesare Borgia, Lucrezia, Pope Alexander, and a young man holding an empty glass.
Rescuing the Borgias from their baleful reputation

Alexander Lee

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Volume 68 Issue 8 August 2018

  • Rising son: the first Japanese man in America
  • Female spies in the Irish War of Independence
  • Who should be allowed to vote?
  • Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s Anglophile Chancellor
  • The enigma of Emily Brontë
  • Italy’s fascist past

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