This Month’s Magazine

In the October issue:

The Last Sikh Queen, Before Empire, The Shanghai Race Club, The First Blind Medical Trials, Cuba, Why Study the Past?

Plus reviews and more!

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October 2020


Poking Fun

An archive of handmade erotic objects made over two centuries of American history tells a story of hidden desire that has often been overlooked.

The Shanghai Race Club

Though horse racing was a symbol of British colonialism, it became a surprisingly inclusive pastime in China’s major International Settlement. 

Buying Nazism

In the early years of Nazi rule, the vagueness of much Nazi ideology enabled many Germans to see in Nazism what they wanted to see.

Before Empire

In its earliest days, the East India Company was seen not as a threat to Asia’s elites, but as a means of strengthening their powers.