This Month's Magazine

April 2020

In the April issue:

  • Soviet Super Sniper 
  • Liberia at 200
  • The Roman Inquisition
  • Kingdoms Come Apart
  • What can History teach us about Epidemics?
  • Bulls
  • Right Wing Populism and France
  • Chinese Porcelain
  • British Rule in Palestine

Plus reviews and more!

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Selected articles from this issue

Matador Manuel Granero with the bull, Pocapena, in Madrid, 7 May 1922. Granero would die as a result of being gored during this fight. Photograph by Ernest Hemingway © Ullstein Bild/Getty Images.

Ernest Hemingway’s love of bullfighting bordered on obsession. Did he see his own insecurities reflected in the ring?

'Bring Out Your Dead': A street during the Great Plague in London, 1665, with a death cart and mourners. Wellcome Collection.

Can we learn from history about how diseases spread, and how we respond to them?

Workers at an archaeological excavation site, anonymous, c.1920-1930. Rijksmuseum.

What the media missed while covering the discovery of two statues in Rome.

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Diana and Actaeon, by Tiziano Vecellio (Titian), 1556-59, National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland.

Ovid’s tale inspired one of the world’s greatest works of art.

Antisemitic riots in Algiers, 1898-99 © Bridgeman Images.

Since the late 19th century, French politics has provided a testing ground for right-wing populism.

Interrogation at an inquisition tribunal, 17th-century coloured engraving © Bridgeman Images.

With the aim of converting souls rather than punishing them, the Jesuits were vital collaborators in the Roman Inquisition.

Members of the Liberian Senate, mostly comprising freed African American slaves, 1893 © Corbis/Getty Images.

The creation of an African American colony was supported by slave holders and abolitionists, but founded by a few dozen black families.

Promotional photo of Lyudmila Pavlichenko ‘defending Sevastopol’, 6 June 1942 © Ozersky/AFP/Getty Images

The ‘Guerrilla Queen’ of Soviet Russia became a role model for women in combat.

Great Britain and Ireland, from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, by Willem Blaeu, 1635 © Bridgeman Images.

The path to Britain’s Civil Wars of the 17th century was paved in the three very different realms of England, Scotland and Ireland. But it was in the richest and most populous of these that crisis escalated into conflict.

The Gorleston Psalter (detail), 1310-25 © British Library Board/Bridgeman Images.

How Worcestershire sauce changed the way we look at medieval manuscripts.

Still Life with Fruit, by Osias Beert, c.1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

How Chinese porcelain became a worldwide sensation, changing tastes and the global economy.

British and Indian troops at the Lions’ Gate, Jerusalem’s Old City, 4 April 1920 © Bridgeman Images.

What the Easter 1920 riots in Jerusalem revealed about British rule in Palestine.

 The Ptolemaic system of the universe from the Harmonia Macrocosmica, by Andreas Cellarius, 1708 © Bridgeman Images

The long and complicated history of why there are 360 degrees in a circle.

The goddess Mayahuel, depicted in the Codex Magliabechiano, 16th century © Bridgeman Images.

Everything you thought you knew about the Aztecs is wrong.

French advertisement for indhaméline hormone (detail), c.1930-40. Bridgeman Images.

A far-reaching account of the significance of menopause in human evolution.

A mass rally in Tiananmen Square of Beijing in 1965 against U.S. intervention in Congo-Léopoldville. Wiki Commons.

An outsider’s observations from the moments before China’s Cultural Revolution.

Terracotta kylix (drinking cup) ca. 480 B.C. Flute-playing satyr and maenad (detail), Signed by Hieron. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Those pushing the burgeoning field of Classical Reception Studies probably hadn’t intended to leave the door ajar for heavy metal.

The philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1676 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. English, 17th century.

Historians should remind themselves that quantity and quality are often very different things.

Fall of the Berlin Wall, November 1989. Wiki Commons.

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Abandoning the rule that truth matters in public life.