This Month's Magazine

December Issue

In the December issue:

  • The Rulers of Medieval France
  • Apollo 12: The Perfect Mission to the Moon
  • Empire of Celebrity
  • The Studious Resistance of Marc Bloch
  • The Velvet Revolution in the Regions
  • National Parks
  • A History of Haggis
  • Antarctica

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Selected articles from this issue

Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic, c. 1916. Library of Congress.

A new treaty on the governance of Antarctica, signed in 1959, became a trailblazing model for the world. But the future of the ‘white continent’ remains contentious.

Haggis-maker Andrew Majnik with a haggis, David Jones food store, 29 December 1961 © Alan E Funnell/Fairfax Media/Getty Images.

The origins of haggis are as mysterious as the Loch Ness Monster.

iIlustrations from Fashions and Customs of Marie Antoinette and her Times, by Gustave de Reiset, 1885 © Bridgeman Images.

In the 18th century, celebrity culture helped make the British Empire seem both a part of everyday life and a place of fantasy.

Václav Havel addresses a pro-democracy rally in Wenceslas Square, Prague, 12 December 1989 © Sovfoto/UIG/Getty Images.

What took ten years in Poland took ten days in Czechoslovakia. But, as some Czechs would discover, not all revolutions are equal.

Fragile Fame

But for one turning point, Ermengarde, Viscountesse of Narbonne, might be as well known as Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Alan Bean collecting soil samples, with Pete Conrad reflected in his visor, the Moon, November 1969 © Bettmann/Getty Images.

Overshadowed between two dramatic missions, the success of Apollo 12 was vital to the continuing space project.

Marc Bloch serving  with the 72nd Infantry Regiment, c.1918 © Bridgeman Images.

A French medieval historian, who served his country in both world wars, helped pioneer a new approach to history in between them.

African slaves in a Dutch-owned sugar mill, 17th-century engraving © Bridgeman Images.

The Dutch role in the slave trade cannot be dismissed as a matter of numbers.

miniature showing a battle, from 'The Book of Feats of Arms and of Chivalry', by Christine de Pisan, French, 1434.© Bridgeman Images

To whom should one pledge fealty? Lord, king, brother or nation?

American military base in South Vietnam, 2 November 1968 © Getty Images.

The need to preserve alliances was a compelling reason not to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

Herring girls knitting at Scarborough harbour, Yorkshire, c. 1910.

The lore and history of knitting in the British Isles.


The views and actions of the man who tried to kill Hitler.

Julia Lovell at the 2019 Cundill History Prize.

What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? To try to see things from multiple angles.

Rose and Bertha Gugger, by Albert Anker, 1883 © Christie’s Images/Bridgeman Images.

At what point does memoir become biography and biography become history?