This Month's Magazine

Cover of the August issue
Cover of the August issue

In our August issue:

  • Rising son: the story of Manjirō, a Japanese teenager shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll helped transform relations between Japan and the United States
  • The enigma of Emily Brontë
  • Female spies in the Irish War of Independence
  • Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s Anglophile Chancellor
  • Italy’s fascist past
  • Britain’s role in Iran

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There's also a Spotify playlist to accompany the issue, featuring songs inspired by the magazine's contents:



Selected articles from this issue

'The Polling' (detail), the third in William Hogarth’s four-part series, An Election, 1754.

What electoral rights did Britons have in the century before 1918?

The Brontë sisters portrayed by Patrick Branwell Brontë, c. 1834.

Since the moment Emily Brontë died we have tried – and failed – to understand who she was. 

Schmidt, the new Chancellor of West Germany, 1974.

The West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was an admirer of Britain from an early age. But his vision of European integration was not that of his British counterparts. 

Manjirō Nakahama, late 19th century.

A teenager shipwrecked on a Pacific atoll helped transform relations between Japan and the United States.

Republican women recite the Rosary outside Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison following the execution of IRA member Thomaas Traynor during the Anglo-Irish War.

Women played a minor role in the Easter Rising of 1916. But they became crucial intelligene agents in the Anglo-Irish War.

Monument commemorating the Battle of Naseby.

The dramatic events that shook Britain in the 17th century resonate more strongly than ever, despite attempts to marginalise them.

The reasons for the brevity of the Latin presence in the 12th-century Eastern Mediterranean.