This Month’s Magazine

In the January issue:

Charles I’s affair with France, Crime in 18th century Philadelphia, Women and the Marriage Bar, The Hidden History of Black Diplomacy, Facial Surgery and Prostheses in early modern society.

Plus: Soviet letters, ayahs, reviews, opinion, crossword and much more!

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January 2022

SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THIS ISSUE

The French Connection

The aim of Charles I’s foreign policy was to restore his nephew’s lands in the Rhineland. France, he thought, was the key to success. 

A Woman’s Place

Work was once deemed suitable for women only until they married. And it was not just men who thought that should be the case.

Invisible Hands

The ayah is a familiar figure of the Raj. While new research shows they were much less common than once thought, it has also shed fresh light on their lives and experiences.

Crime in the City of Brotherly Love

At its founding, Pennsylvania had one of the most tolerant criminal law systems in the world, but by the middle of the 18th century its capital Philadelphia was a ‘hell of the officials and preachers’.

Saving Face

The Renaissance face provided clues about the wealth and health of its owner. Those who had been disfigured were often mistreated, but to alter one’s appearance carried a stigma of its own. 

Loveless Letters

In 1935 Stalin declared ‘life has become better’. This was clearly not the case for everyone, but feelings had to be expressed very carefully.

What Chips did Next

A ringside seat to British domestic politics, from Chamberlain’s meeting with Hitler in October 1938 to the fall of Mussolini in July 1943.